Mercer Island


Sea Kayak - Mercer Island

We will launch from the north end of Mercer island and circumnavigate, taking advantage of increasing SW wind in the afternoon.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt but depends on conditions

Meet at 0900-0930 in order to launch at 1000.    Meeting place near north end of Mercer island will be emailed to participants.   Weather predicted to be high around 46 F and SW wind less than 10 kt increasing to 10-15 kt.    

Monitoring marine forecast and hourly graph.   

Winter paddling conditions, so wear layers of warm clothing under dry suit, a warm hat and gloves.  As usual bring mountaineers 10 essentials and kayaking essentials.   This is a good conditioner for longer more serious, remote, and/or overnight paddles.     Covid precautions.     Bring lunch (suggest a thermos with something hot) and snacks.    We will stop for lunch and 2 breaks.


Mercer Island

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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