Sea Kayak - Little Kachess Lake


Sea Kayak - Little Kachess Lake

see wildflowers, waterfalls and mountain peaks from this glacial lake in the Cascades.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.0 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Meet at the hand launch area at the Kachess Lake Campground.

Directions: I-90 west or east. Exit I-90 at Exit 62. Follow directions to Kachess Lake Campground (located north of I-90). Day permit is $8 or $4 with a Senior Pass. Exact change or check! Drive past the toll booth, turn left at the T, follow to the end of the road, you're looking for the hand launch area.

If the weather is to be hot, I strongly recommend a wetsuit vs a drysuit. The water is cold this time of year. Bring lunch and plenty to drink. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, SK essentials.

Plan to be on the water at 10 am. Plan to arrive around 9 am depending on how long it takes you to unload and load your boat. Carpooling recommended.

Trip is rated moderate, SKII/III because the wind can gust up to 25 knots. I will cancel the trip if the wind forecast is too much.


Little Kachess Lake

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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