Pickering Passage


Sea Kayak - Pickering Passage

A student paddle in Pickering Passage with strong currents assisting. SK2-3. 8nm.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Elevation Gain: 17 ft

Meet at the Harstine Island bridge parking lot at 11:30am.  We are aiming for a launch at noon so please be on time.

This is an experience paddle aimed at more confident students.  This day will have a very large tidal exchange which will create helpful currents in Pickering Passage.  The currents will be very helpful heading north, but less so in the afternoon on the return.  Strong currents with the possibility of afternoon wind can create choppy water and may require some effort on the return paddle. 

Lunch will be at Jarrell Cove where a store with ice cream awaits.  We might explore further north in the passage if time allows.

Return time is expected to be between 5 & 6pm.  Contrary winds could delay our return so don't make dinner plans you can't be later for!

This is an experience paddle designed for confident beginning paddlers.  If you have questions about your ability to participate, please contact us!

Larry Wright: 360-561-3267
John Dunlap: 240-422-3982


Pickering Passage

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven 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.

Bring lunch.   Food might be available at Jarrell Cove but we can't guarantee they'll be open!

  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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