Sea Kayak - Marrowstone Island: East Beach to Mystery Bay

Wind run up Marrowstone Island & modest tidal rapid

  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm

8:45 am meet at East Beach County Park.

Directions to the put-in:
From the south, cross the Hood Canal bridge on Hwy 104 W. After 5.5 mi turn right onto WA-19/Beaver Valley Rd. After 9.1 mi turn right onto Chimicum Rd. After 1.6 mi turn right onto WA-116/Oak Bay Rd. After 0.9 mi turn left to stay on WA-116. After 5.6 mi turn right onto E Beach Rd (the turn is just past the small town of Nordland). Continue on E Beach Rd to the gravel parking area on the beach.

Link to directions from Hood Canal Bridge:

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:  SKIV
  • Wind: 15 kts
  • Waves: <3 ft
  • Route: North up the east side of Marrowstone, around Fort Flagler, south down Killisut Harbor to Mystery Bay boat ramp.
  • Distance:  10nm
  • Pace: Brisk
Winds for Wednesday estimated to be SSE 13 kts, and we are hoping to have a good ride from following seas of around 2 ft, on a max ebb of 3.1kts. You must have experience in wind, waves, and modest tidal rapids for this trip. We'll probably practice some directional control along the way. 
Immersion wear required.
We land at Mystery Bay  State Park, and walk to the cars 0.7nm on level roads.

Marrowstone Island: East Beach to Mystery Bay

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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