Goat Island


Sea Kayak - Goat Island

Paddle for Everett 2018 Basic Course Students

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Moderate 2.5nm/hr average

Meet:  10:00AM

Launch: 11:00 AM

Launch point for those with their own boats is the boat ramp directly under the Rainbow Bridge where Sherman Avenue turns south and becomes Conner Rd.  Don't go on the Rainbow Bridge (Maple Ave.)

Those that are renting can rent from:

La Conner Kayak: http://laconnerkayak.com/index.html

Their launch site (Paddle Hut) is located at 724 South 1st St, LaConner, Wa.  You can rent there and paddle about 1/2 mile down channel (south or left from the dock) to meet the rest of us at the boat ramp under the bridge.


I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty: Moderately easy
  • Wind: could be nothing or could be quite a blow. We won't go if it is more than 8-10 kts.
  • Waves: could be calm but if there is a lot of boat traffic or wind the channel and the water around Goat can get a bit choppy.  We'll stick to 1' or so max wind waves
  • Currents: not much to deal with. We'll ride the current out/south to Goat and time it so we get a bit of a push coming back to the launch site.  Might have 1-2 knots
  • Distance:  8-9nm. Slightly longer if we can go around south side of Goat and then back through the hole in the wall on the jetty.
  • Pace: moderate at 2.5nm/hour average

Plan is to paddle down channel to Goat Island where we'll beach and hike a short distance up to the remains of the gun fortifications for our lunch stop.  Depending on weather and conditions we'll paddle around the south side of Goat and back up the south side of the jetty until we reach the hole in the wall. We'll scoot through that break in the jetty and head back up channel to our launch site.

Lots is dependent on wind so we'll play it by ear...safe, reasonable, and fun.


Goat Island

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. As many of the 22 kayak essentials as you can gather. Veteran kayakers are expected to have all 22+
  9. Immersion Gear: Dry Suit or Wetsuit required.
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