Hammersley Inlet

Trip

Sea Kayak - Hammersley Inlet

We will ride the ebb current out of Hammersley Inlet to explore one or more of the bays on the west shore of Squaxin Island before eating lunch at Hope Island. We will then return to Walker County Park with the flood current.

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: 3-3.5

Meeting  Place:  Walker County Park

Meeting Time:  08:30

Launch Time:  09:30

This trip takes advantage of current assists in Hammersley Inlet on both departure and return.  There is a small eddyline to practice in briefly as we exit Hammersley Inlet.  Squaxin Island is part of the Squaxin Tribal Nation and is one of the few undeveloped islands in South Puget Sound.  The bays are relatively pristine and have good bird habitat.  Hope Island State Park has an old homestead and orchard as well as hiking trails.

Wheels are useful at the Walker Park launch.  Discovery Passes are not required and parking is free.  Walker Park has flush toilets.  Hope Island has pit toilets.  There is no landing on Squaxin Island.

Route/Place

Hammersley Inlet


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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

Please bring VHF radios and towbelts if you own them.

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