Sea Kayak - Chuckanut Bay


Sea Kayak - Chuckanut Bay

Student paddle to Chuckanut Island and explore Chuckanut Bay

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  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.8 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Pace: Moderate pace, up to 3 knots

Arrive at Wildcat Cove boat ramp in Larabee State Park with your sea kayak before 9:00 a.m. for 10:00 launch near low tide.  Discover Pass required for each vehicle.  This trip is aimed at sea kayak course students, but you are responsible to bring your own kayak.

We will practice some rescue skills, and then paddle to Chuckanut Island for a break and a good look around.  Then we will paddle north to Clarkes Point to look for some rock formations along the inlet there, then to Teddy Bear Cove for a break.  Finally, we will paddle back across Chuckanut Bay, around Governor's Point and back to Wildcat Cove.  Total distance approx 7.4 nm.

Directions to launch at Wildcat Cove:  Turn off of Chuckanut Drive onto Cove Rd (approximately 1/2 mile before entering Larrabee State Park). This road leads down to the railroad tracks. Cross the tracks and then turn left and go about a block and bear off to the left again at the ‘boat launching’ sign.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty: easy, SK II+
  • Wind:  <10 knots
  • Waves:  <2 feet
  • Currents:  none
  • Distance:  7.4 nm
  • Pace:  moderate, up to 3 knots

Chuckanut Bay

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
  9. Dry suit or wet suit
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