McNeil Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - McNeil Island Circumnavigation

Clockwise circumnavigation of McNeil Island from Steilacoom.

  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

Meet at the boat launch at the Steilacoom Ferry landing.  Be ready to launch by 9am.

From the launch we will cross to McNeil and stop briefly at Eagle Island.  Then on to Pitt Passage where we will stop for lunch.  From there we will paddle along the northern shore of McNeil and then cross back to Steilacoom.  After lunch there will be no opportunity to stop until we return to the launch point.  

The current forecast (as of 3/15) indicates some potentially challenging conditions.


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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