Sea Kayak - Ketron Island Circumnavigation

Launch from Steilacoom area, paddle into Oro Bay Anderson island for lunch stop. Return in afternoon, past the other side of Ketron island.

  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 13 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: 3-3.5 kt

Launch will be  in Steilacoom area on Sunday morning.  Exact details will be emailed to participants.

Winter paddling conditions

Covid precautions 

We'll explore a part of the south sound on one of the shortest days of the year.    Currents will be mild but should provide us some assistance.    The trip will satisfy the Ketron Island requirement for the South Sound Islands paddle pin.    But we will also  visit Oro bay, Anderson island, with lunch at Jacobs point park, a 100 acre park located on the peninsula in the bay.    

Participants should have recent experience paddling over 10 nm and should be able to maintain a 3.5 kt pace.    We will take 2 short breaks and a longer lunch break.


Ketron Island Circumnavigation

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. Flotation in both ends of the kayak (bulkheads and/or air bags)
  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. Dry suit with insulating layers underneath, and warm hat/gloves.    Kag or other outer wind/rain protection for on shore.
  9. Lunch.   Something hot in a thermos is a good thing to bring along with your lunch on a winter paddle.
  10. Mask and hand sanitizer for on shore.
  11. Bring VHF radio and tow rope if you have them.    
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