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Paddling Trip #9 / Gig Harbor to Olalla

Located on Colvos Passage and the Kitsap Peninsula, Olalla is halfway between Southworth and Gig Harbor. Once known for it's strawberry crop which ripened earlier than other regions on Puget Sound, the 'town' consists of one small convenience store (closed at time of writing).  We passed through here on July 4th 2011 while updating this book and were excited to see the locals sunning on the low tide beaches, fishing, boating, etc.  The little inlet which dries out at low tide is also the boat ramp.

Olalla is a little over 6 miles from Gig Harbor to the south, and the same for Southworth to the north.  The Current in Colvos Passage runs mostly north, so think of that when planning a trip here.

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  1. Al's Market, the small convenience store you're referring to, is closed again. Owner wasn't able to keep it open so it's up for sale again.

  2. Thanks for the info. The location would be a great coffee/paddle shop!