Hope Island


Sea Kayak - Hope Island

Explore the beautiful waters around Hope Island State Park, taking advantage of one of the lowest tides of the year to view marine life. We'll also do a bit of introduction to currents in the mouth of Hammersley Inlet. This is intended to be a student (experience) paddle for Olympia basic kayak students with priority registration.

  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 2 kt

Meet at the Arcadia Point boat launch.  Be ready to be on the water by 9:30am

There are porta-potties at the launch and there is no fee to launch or park.

This student paddle primarily for Olympia course participants will be a tour of the Hope Island surroundings. We'll start off paddling into the mouth of Hammersley Inlet to do a bit of current play with instruction on how to cross eddylines and ferrying across the current. We'll then paddle up into Pickering Passage and cross over to Squaxin Island, exploring the shore southward before crossing back to Hope Island for lunch. After lunch we will explore the reef between Squaxin and Hope Islands at the lowest tide (-3.5') before crossing to Carlyon Beach and Steamboat Island. In the small cove at the north end of Steamboat Island, we will do rescue practice before crossing the mouth of Totten Inlet and paddling back to Arcadia.


Hope 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
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