Sea Kayak - Burrows & Allan Islands

Burrows Island from Washington Park via Fidalgo Head, Burrows-Allan Passage, back around Fidalgo to Washington Park

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  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Elevation Gain: 4 ft

Meet by 0830 at Washington Park, where we will organize boats and gear for 0930 launch.  Note small fee (cash) for all-day parking lot at Washington Park.

An excellent sample of PNW coastal paddling!  This route is always popular, while still in reach for new paddlers who are composed in (probably) modest current and wave action.  The plan is to meet 0830 at Washington Park, where we will organize boats and gear for 0930 launch.  We will ride the ebb around Fidalgo Head and cross over to Burrows Island, rounding Burrows clockwise through Burrows-Allan Passage.  We should have a nice stop at the Burrows lighthouse while the flood builds.  Then we will work along the Burrows shoreline to its NE corner, where those who want to can practice in an excellent left-hand tide-rip (somewhat uncommon on “classic” routes).  Then we will ride the conveyor belt flood current back across Burrows channel, around Fidalgo Head, and back to Washington Park.

Immersion clothing and rescue gear absolutely required.  Also, bring lunch plus extra layers for our stop on Burrows.  Depending on our pace, we may have about 60-90 minutes on Burrows while the flood sets up.  Paddling pace is moderate, with some riding of hopefully friendly currents.

 Contact the trip leader if you have any questions regarding the trip plan, the currents, or any questions or concerns about your readiness for this trip.  Currents info available for relevant stations.


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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