Camano Island


Sea Kayak - English Boom to Stanwood

Paddle through a ghost forest of pilings along the northeast end of Camano Island, past a large heron nesting area, and ride the tide up the Stilliquamish River along the historic Stanwood waterfront. After a stop for lunch, we’ll head back as the tide turns.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.3 nm
  • Elevation Gain: 10 ft
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

Plan to arrive at English Boom Trail County Park by 8:30am to allow plenty of time to prepare for launch an hour later.  If you need more time to get your kit in order, plan to arrive before 8am.  

English Boom Trail County Park is located on the north end of Camano Island. If your navigation app does not show the park, here are directions on how to reach it from nearby Stanwood:

TAKE HWY 532 WEST from STANWOoD to reach Camano Island.

Turn North on Good Road.

From Good Road, turn left on Utsalady.

follow Utsalady for 1 mile then turn right on N MoorE ROAD (at the southwest corner of the airfield there).

follow Moore to road end.

There are no public restrooms at English Boom.

We will stop for a lunch at the Eide Road Preserve on Leque Island, next to the Camano Island Gateway Bridge. There is a sanican there.


Camano Island

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 required for this paddle.
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