Padilla Bay & Nearby Islands


Sea Kayak - Saddlebag, Vendovi & Cypress Islands

Two nights and three days exploring around Padilla Bay, camping on Saddlebag and Cypress Islands

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  • Sea Kayak II, Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 24.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: moderate

We will launch on Saturday from Washington Park in Anacortes. We will spend some time exploring Padilla Bay as we make our way to camp on Saddlebag Island. On Sunday we will go up the east side of Guemes Island toward Vendovi Island. After exploring Vendovi Island we will head to Cypress to camp. On Monday we will return to Washington Park. 


Please respect the leader permission required and contact me before signing up. I will provide more detailed plans to participants a week before the paddle. Plan may change depending on the weather. 

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 III+
  • Wind: < 15 kt 
  • Waves: < 1.5 ft
  • Currents: < 3 kts
  • Distance:  24 nm
  • Pace: moderate

Padilla Bay & Nearby Islands

  • Sea Trails Rosario Strait Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lummi Island, Bellingham & Samish Bays WA005

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421

    MapTech The San Juan Islands No. 104

    MapTech Rosario Strait No. 106
  • See full route/place details.
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. Camping Gear: Tent(shelter), sleeping bag, pad etc..
  10. Food for 3 days. 
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