San Juan Islands from Anacortes


Sea Kayak - San Juan Island Circumnavigation

Circumnavigate San Juan Island over 3 days

  • Sat, Aug 13, 2022 — Mon, Aug 15, 2022
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 34.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: 2.7 knots

We will meet at the Anacortes ferry dock in the morning and roll our kayaks onto the 9:05am ferry for Friday Harbor.

On Saturday we will roll our kayaks onto the ferry for Friday Harbor, once we get off the ferry we will wheel the boats to the launch spot at the marina. We will launch from the dock and paddle north around the island to Posey Island near Roche harbor (10 nm), for lunch/break we will stop at Ruben Tarte County Park. I reserved a campsite on Posey.

On Sunday we will continue paddle south to San Juan County park were we have a site reserved. This is a short day so there are options for exploration along the way, maybe going around Henry Island.

On Monday we will paddle south along the spectacular west coast of San Juan Island to Cattle point aided by an ebb current. We will go through Cattle Pass pretty close to slack with a bit of flood help, then paddle north to turn point and back to Friday Harbor. This is a very long day, about 18 nm but we will get some current assist. I expect we will get back late, especially after taking the ferry.


I ask that everyone make sure they can take off Tuesday if needed. If the last day's paddle takes longer we can stop at the Griffin Bay water trails site or Turn Island, or if conditions are too rough we can wait a day, go back around the north side which is more protected, or if needed take advantage of the San Juan Taxis with kayak racks.


We will split costs for campsites, there is a fee for the ferry and to launch at Friday Harbor ($6 I think). Bring wheels to roll onto the ferry and consider a cable lock to lock the wheels up at the launch site, if they still allow that.

There is water at the launch spot, and San Juan County Park, but not at Posey Island.


The details for times will be updated once the ferry updates their summer schedule. Because we are walking on, no ferry reservations are needed.


Everyone is required to be vaxed and boosted. We will try to stay distanced but with camping that can be tricky. Masks are required on the ferry.


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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
  9. Dry Suit
  10. Kayak wheels
  11. Possibly helmets
  12. [Optional, bring if you have them] towbelt, short tow, VHF radio
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