Sea Kayak - Saddlebag Island


Sea Kayak - Saddlebag Island

This 8 mile paddle is designed as an Everett Basic Student qualifying paddle. Wet exits and assisted rescues will be practiced by all participants. We will launch from Seafarers Memorial Park, paddle around Hat Island, lunch at Saddlebag, around Huckleberry and return to Seafarers.

  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Currents: 1.0 kts
  • Pace: 2.0 kn

Seafarers' Memorial Park, Anacortes 8:45 AM arrival, Prelaunch talk at 9:45 AM. Launch by 10 AM.

Directions to Seafarers' Memorial Park:  Entering Anacortes turn right onto R Street (1/4 mi. prior to Commercial).  Continue onto Q. Right onto Seafarers' Way.

This is a 3-4 hour paddle with a 45 minute lunch stop at Saddlebag Island.  Plan on returning to Seafarers' Memorial Park on or about 3 pm. 

All participants will participate in wet exits and assisted rescues.  Sea Kayaking Essentials will be spot checked.   

Be sure to check tide tables ahead of time and come prepared with that information.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty:  SK II/III
  • Wind:  <10 mph
  • Waves:  < 1'
  • Currents:  1 kn
  • Distance:  8 nm
  • Pace:  2.5 nm

Saddlebag Island

  • Red Marker
    48.509799, -122.606225
    48.5097986857 -122.606224904
  • Red Marker
    48.535850, -122.555983
    48.5358499 -122.5559828
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.

  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. Spare clothing in a dry bag
  10. Navigation (chart, compass - deck or orienteering type)
  11. Water
  12. Food
  13. First aid supplies
  14. Sun protection (sun screen, hat, sunglasses with retainer strap)
  15. Flashlight or headlamp
  16. Duct Tape
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