Deception Pass


Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

SK IV paddle and play in Deception Pass area

  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 6.1 kts
  • Pace: 3.0

MEET at 8:00 am at Bowman Bay boat launch, just to the north of Deception Pass.  We will LAUNCH at 9:00 am.

Bring a Discovery Pass.

We will be launching close to slack and will paddle a bit around Strawberry and Pass Islands, before returning to the Canoe Pass portion of Deception Pass to play in the building ebb (it will build up to 6.1 kts by noonish.)  Depending on how we feel, we may paddle around Deception Island before returning to Bowman Bay.

Some prior experience with Deception Pass currents required but as long as you have taken a prior class or paddle here, you are welcome to join this paddle!  

This is  a good paddle for Intermediate Kayak Course students to gain more practice in currents and eddys.  If you are hoping to get anything signed off in your logbook, be sure to let me know BEFORE we launch so that you can be properly assessed.

Drysuits and helmets required.  Anticipate that you might be getting wet!


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 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
  9. Drysuit
  10. Helmet
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