Sea Kayak - Burrows & Allan Islands

Washington Park to Burrows & Allan Islands

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  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm

Date: 5/21/2016

When to meet: 8:00 AM 

Where to meet: Washington Park  

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SK III
  • Wind: 0-15 kt
  • Waves: up to 2 ft
  • Route: We will circumnavigate Burrows and Allan Islands in the counter-clockwise direction. Stop at Burrows Light for a break, and at Alice Bight for Lunch and then return to Washington Park.
  • Distance:  8 nm
  • Pace: 1.25 - 2 kt (slow), see table below

Meet at the Washington Park, Sunset Beach boat ramp west of Anacortes for a 9:00 AM launch. 

I will be mentoring Karen Cramer who will act as our leader for this paddle. We have collaborated on the planning. 

This counts as a Student Paddle for participants in our recent Everett Branch Basic Sea Kayaking Class. 

Drysuit Required 

Bring your lunch, snacks and water. 

NOAA Chart 18421, 18427(Dan used) or Sea Trails WA 001. Contact Dan Hale cell: 425-343-8661 or to reserve spot and confirm exact location.

Considerations: Strong Eddy lines and tide rips between Burrows and Fidalgo Head. Only places to stop are Burrows Lighthouse and Water Trails at Alice Bight.


Burrows & Allan Islands

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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