McNeil Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - McNeil Island Circumnavigation

Paddle around McNeil island, going around the little islands along the way, Eagle, Pitt, and Gertrude.

  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 15.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 2.7

Meet at Steilacoom boat launch next to the ferry dock(sunnyside park is temporarily closed for construction). There is a $6 parking fee, not sure if cash only or not.This boat launch does not have much space, so keep boats to the side until ready to launch. Parking may now be across the street, instead of in that lot.

Lets meet at 8:30, to launch at 9:30am.

We will go clockwise around McNeil Island, stopping at Eagle Island, and in Pitt passage. There is no stopping on McNeil, so this will have some long sections without a possible pit stop.


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
  9. Dry Suit
Trip Reports