Nisqually Delta & Reach


Sea Kayak - Ketron Island Circumnavigation

Priority given to Olympia students enrolled in this year’s Basic Sea Kayaking courses who seek to complete their Basic SK badge trip requirements. A counter-clockwise circumnavigation of Ketron Island is the destination centerpiece of this trip departing from and returning to Luhr's Landing (Beach). Depending on the group's conditioning and preference, a crossing to Cole Point on Anderson Island, and possibly exploring Oro Bay before heading back to Luhr is an option. This trip qualifies as one of the requirements for a South Sound Islands paddle pin.

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: 2-3

Meet at Luhr's Landing (Beach) at 8:45am geared up and ready to discuss specifics of trip. Our goal is to be on the water by 9:15am.

Restrooms are available. 

A Discover Pass is required for parking. 

Students must receive leader permission before signing up. This is a longer, more strenuous student paddle, so expect to provide details of your fitness level, paddling experience and why you feel this trip is within your capabilities.  

Due to restrictions, landing on Ketron Island for bio breaks, etc. is not allowed; therefore, we will plan to break shortly before starting our circumnavigation.

Depending on time of day and weather permitting, we will make a group decision whether we cross over to Anderson Island or head directly back to the cars.

Be prepared to practice self and assisted rescues near our take-out point. Expect to finish around 4pm or slightly later to accommodate the low tides that day.

Students must have their own boats. Immersion gear required.


Nisqually Delta & Reach

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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