Chuckanut Bay


Sea Kayak - Chuckanut Bay

View many types of marine birds and other wildlife while pondering the geological mysteries of enchanting Chuckanut Bay on this student paddle for graduates of the Mountaineers Basic Sea Kayaking courses.

  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • High Point Elevation: 25 ft
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Meet at Wildcat Cove boat ramp in Larrabee State Park at 10 am so that you have plenty of time to prepare your boat and kit in time for our launch one hour later. As is usual on Mountaineers sea kayaking trips, boats, equipment, food, and water will NOT be provided by the trip leader.  Please remember to bring your own supplies, kayak, and gear or make arrangements to rent and transport whatever you will need for the trip.   Also, bring your Discover Pass!

The plan is to paddle north from Wildcat Cove and explore the area around Governors Point and Pleasant Bay.  Then we'll head over to Chuckanut Island.  After lunch and some exploration on foot, we'll head on up to Clarks Point to view the interesting formations in the rocks there.  For bonus points, be prepared to argue in favor of the fossil, concretion, extraterrestrial intervention, or whatever other hypotheses you believe may explain what can be seen in the cliffs there.  We'll then work our way around to the controversial "Teddy Bear Cove" for a break and then follow the coastline back down and around Governors Point back to Wildcat Cove. I expect we will finish the paddle by around 5 pm.

NOTE: Wind driven waves can be a factor on this trip, particularly at Governor’s Point where they tend to be amplified.  At the time of this writing (Sunday morning, July 24th), the NOAA pinpoint and greater zone forecasts for the area are not yet out.  According to the forecast on Windy, conditions look very favorable for Saturday. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to monitor these resources and will let you know if there is any change of plans.

NOAA pinpoint forecast for the area:

NOAA associated zone forecast including this area:

Windy forecast:,-122.501,13


Chuckanut Bay

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. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally. 

    Dry suit or wet suit required as the water will be cold and we will likely stop along the way to practice self and assisted rescues.

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