Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery & Tatoosh Island


Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery & Tatoosh Island

Trip from Makah Bay to Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island

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  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: Brisk

Hobuck campground, exact location TBD.  Ready to launch at 9AM.

Participants must be signed up for the Surf Zone and Beyond event by clicking here

This can be a very challenging paddle.  We will start by punching out through the surf zone at Makah Bay and heading north through boomer fields and over kelp beds.  There are no "outs" available on this trip.  You can't walk out.  I've seen trips abort just a few hundred yards short of the cape, as conditions can become more than sporty there (think of "washing machine" clapotis!). The scenery is nothing short of spectacular!  Towering pillars, sea caves, and often whales treat us to what is likely the best day paddle in the western US.  Be sure to read over the required equipment, as this just isn't your ordinary day trip.  Participants must have surf zone, incident management, and open coastal experience prior to this trip.  Leader will interview everyone prior to being accepted.  If weather or surf conditions are outside the limits, we will convert to a paddle out of Neah Bay.


Hobuck Beach & Neah Bay

  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

    Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S

    MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103

    Sea Trails Strait of Juan de Fuca & Crescent Lake WA301

    Sea Trails Roadless Coast, Neah Bay to Ruby Beach WA302

    NOAA Cape Flattery No. 18485

    Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight 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. Helmet
  9. Spare paddle secured to your front deck
  10. Bivouac supplies, including a shelter, food and water for 1 day.
  11. Boat repair kit
  12. vhf radio
  13. Recommend you bring a camera
  14. Recommend you bring a waterproof headlight for use in the caves.
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