McNeil Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - McNeil Island Circumnavigation

Kayak clockwise around McNeal Island, one of the more interesting islands in the South Puget Sound.

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  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 15.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 14 kts
  • Maximum Currents: 1.5 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

We will meet at the Steilacoom boat launch right next to the ferry dock at 8:00 am for a 9:00 launch.

Parking is $8.00 for the day at the paid lot for the ferry terminal which accepts credit cards.

Real bathrooms with flush toilets and warm water are available. 

McNeal Island is an interesting island to circumnavigate. Though we aren't allowed to land on it, we can land on Eagle Island, the land on the far side of Pitt Passage, and Gertrude Island (a tromboli) when the tide is high enough.

Here is the cool thing. The last two times I have circumnavigated NcNeil Island, we have seen whale bones. No guarantee for this trip, but it's still a possibility.  

February can still throw some cold temperatures at us, so please plan on wearing and bringing all your warm things. Dry suits are essential. 


McNeil 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. 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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