Sea Kayak - Marrowstone Island: Indian Island Park to Fort Flagler

Short paddle from Fort Flagler to Marrowstone tidal rapids. After the action, some optional paddling around Fort Flagler area. (Indian Island not in this picture).

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4.3 kts
  • Pace: Not too fast

8:30am meet time at Fort Flagler campground/day use area. Launch site is abandoned boat ramp on the north end of the campground. Restrooms and showers available.

I will be camping at site 98 the night before, arrival time uncertain, but you are welcome to share the RV site with me. You will need to let me know before hand and depending on numbers I may have to do some asking. Possible supplemental charge of $10/vehicle. The site is spitting distance from the launch point but we will have to break camp either before we launch or after playing in the rapids and before our meander around Flager and Mystery Bay south. As I will have done Washington Park to Friday Harbor, 22 miles, the day before I am inclined to limit the total distance to around 7 or 8 nm.

This will be a fun playing in a decent tidal rapid, especially if a ship goes by. This is a safe place to play/learn and I can take a few people who might be new to tidal rapids. Fiberglass or plastic boats are ok, no rock hazards. But helmets are required in case you collide with a fellow boater. It is also possible to "nibble" away at the tidal rapids, or even sit them out. We get to make repeated passes through them.


Marrowstone Island: Indian Island Park to Fort Flagler

  • NOAA Port Townsend No. 18464

    NOAA Puget Sound: Northern Part No. 18441

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    Sea Trails Port Townsend, Dungeness Spit to Marrowstone Island WA103
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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
  9. Helmet
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