Deception Pass


Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Play in the pass at night; camping

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 nm

Meet Saturday Afternoon.  Exact time and place TBA.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SK V
  • Wind: < 15 kts
  • Waves: < 2ft 
  • Route: 
  • Distance:  20 nm
  • Pace: moderate

Saturday:  Play in the pass until after dark then paddle to Hope Island to camp. (~6 nm)

Sunday:  Paddle from Hope Island to Bay View State Park (~14 nm)

Dry suit, helmet, vhf radio, tow belt required.  Blue chem light and means of attaching same to your helmet required.  Yellow chem light and means of attaching same to your kayak's bow required.  Waterproof headlamp with means of attaching to helmet required.

Ability to paddle as a team member required.  

Ability to roll required.  Ability to re-enter and roll and paddle with flooded cockpit required.  Previous experience paddling at night required.  Comfort paddling in Deception Pass 5 knot currents required. Recent (within last month) T-reentry practice required.  Previous kayak camping experience required.

We will be paddling in the pass in the dark in significant currents (ebb) odds are pretty good that folks will capsize and, without being able to really see eddy lines and boils and whirlpools etc, odds are also pretty good that folks may need to wet exit.

Discover pass will be needed.  Shuttle will be necessary.  Ability to carry 2 or more kayaks on your rig very helpful.


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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