McNeil Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - McNeil Island Circumnavigation

Clockwise circumnavigation of McNeil from Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom.

  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 15.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

Sunnyside Beach, Steilacoom. Be ready to launch by 8:30am.

Parking fee is $5 in cash.

Bring wheels to get to the beach.

Launching from Sunnyside Beach just north of Steilacoom, we will cross over to McNeil Island and then go round in a clockwise direction. After lunch there will be no opportunity to get out of the boats until we return to the launch as we cannot land on McNeil.

The plan is to return to the launch by 3pm as I have an appointment in Nisqually at 4pm.


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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