Deception Pass


Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Turbocharged flood play day

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  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 6.4 kts
  • Pace: 3.7 flatwater

9:15am at the Cornet Bay parking lot/launch area. Expect to launch at 10:00am

We will paddle in up to the conditions listed.

Max flood is 6.4 kts. You must have prior experience in DP or equivalent, comfort and control crossing eddy lines and doing rescues in up to 5 kts of current. Experience in DP on the flood is a bonus. Please contact me before signing up at or 360-710-0616.

We'll paddle out on the declining ebb through the Pass and around Deception Island. We'll return and play in both Canoe and Deception Passes, probably visiting the "Room of Doom". Participants are encouraged to practice rolls and rescues in dynamic conditions- several of us will be doing so as part of the day.

On the return, we'll work the standing wave on Strawberry Island.

Helmet, immersion wear required. 




Deception Pass

  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427
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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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