Sea Kayak - Indian Island Circumnavigation

Circumnavigation of Indian Island starting and ending at Port Hadlock, WA.

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.75 nm
  • Elevation Gain: 5 ft
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2.5 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

Assuming no significant deterioration in the weather, the plan is to meet at 10:00 am at the boat ramp in Port Hadlock. This should allow plenty of time to get boats ready for a timely launch one hour later. If you‘d like more time to prepare, please plan on arriving before 10 am.  

Our total trip distance will be around 12 nautical miles with three breaks and about an 800 foot portage across the isthmus between Indian and Marrowstone Islands.  During the final leg we’ll have about a 2.5 knot current assist as we ride the ebb up the Port Townsend Canal.  If all goes as planned, we’re likely to be back at Port Hadlock by 6:30pm.

I’ll post a trip update by 7:00 pm Friday, so please watch for it.  

In the meantime, here are links to the point forecast for the area:  and the greater zone forecast:

Please be aware this paddle includes a short hand carry portage across the isthmus between Indian and Marrowstone Islands.

As with standard Mountaineers Sea Kayaking activities, participants are responsible for making arrangements for their boats, gear, food, and water.


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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