Padilla Bay & Nearby Islands


Sea Kayak - Saddlebag Island

July low tide is crabbing time in Puget Sound

  • Sea Kayak II
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 5 kts
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts

Meet at 9:00 AM at Seafarer's Memorial Park

You need to get an Annual Shellfish/Seaweed license from WDFW. In addition, all recreational crabbers regardless of age who fish for crab in the Puget Sound crab management area must purchase a Puget Sound crab endorsement on their license and obtain a Puget Sound Dungeness crab catch record card to account for all Dungeness crab they catch.

A pair of gloves and/or a tongs to catch and grab the crab  and some kind of measurement to measure the crab. Familiarize yourself with the Washington crab rules and regulation. You also need a container/bag to carry the crabs you catch in your kayak  back. Or you can just put them in your hatch. We will boil and eat the crabs we catch when we get back to the launch site.

Here is a video from 2 years ago.


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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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