Protection Island


Sea Kayak - Protection Island

We’ll launch from the Port Williams Boat Ramp to circumnavigate this important Salish Sea refuge for breeding seabirds and shorebirds. We’ll combine a good, steady pace for a workout with on-the-water pauses if we spot any bird or marine mammal activity along the way. Our route will include a lunch stop on the north side of Miller Peninsula. Common afternoon winds in this area and outer island exposure means a possibility of significant wind waves. Participants must be comfortable paddling in winds up to 15 kt and waves up to 2 feet.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15.0 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2.0 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1.0 kts
  • Pace: 3.0

We'll meet at the boat launch at Marlyn Nelson County Park (also called  Port Williams County Park).   There should be ample parking in the parking area. The park also has a vault toilet.   Please be geared up and ready to launch by the pre-trip briefing time.

  • Meeting time:  9:00 am
  • Pre-trip briefing:  9:45 am
  • Launch:  10:00 am
  • Return time:  4:00 pm at the latest.

Immersion wear required.

All paddlers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


Protection 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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