Sea Kayak - Indian Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - Indian Island Circumnavigation

Circumnavigation of Indian Island starting and ending at Port Hadlock boat ramp.

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  • Sea Kayak III
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.5 nm
  • Elevation Gain: 14 ft

We will launch promptly at 11:00am so please plan to arrive at the Port Hadlock boat ramp by no later than 10:00am to allow enough time for everyone to get their gear in order.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty:  SK III
  • Wind:  10-15 kts
  • Waves: 1-2 ft
  • Route (tentative): Put-in and take-out at the Port Hadlock boat ramp.  Trip includes three rest stops, the first near Fort Flagler boat ramp for lunch, the second at Mystery Bay, and the third after a short portage at the isthmus between Indian and Marrowstone islands.  After the portage we'll pass through the Port Townsend Canal with the afternoon ebb.  Followed by an after paddle meeting at the fabulous Ajax Café for those interested.
  • Estimated Distance:  12.5 nm.
  • Estimated Total Trip time (with four on-the-water segments and three fairly evenly spaced breaks): about 7.3 hours.  Longest single segment on the water is expected to be about 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on conditions and speed made good.
  • Pace: Moderate

Stay tuned for further updates as the trip date approaches.

Doug Palm


Indian Island Circumnavigation

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. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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