Trip

Sea Kayak - San Juan Islands Circumnavigation

Launching from Washington Park (Anacortes), paddle around the outside edge of all the land in San Juan County in 4 days.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 81.0 nm

Meet at Washington Park boat launch (Anacortes) no later than 10 am.  Make sure you arrive in enough time to be packed and ready to go by 10:45 am.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SK-IV
  • Wind: < 20 kt
  • Waves: < 3'
  • Route:  Counter-clockwise from Washingon Park (starting out north from launch)
  • Distance:  80 nm
  • Pace: Moderate

Day 1: Washington Park to Patos Island (24 nm), stopping at Strawberry Island, Clark Island and Sucia Island.  The route will be along the north side of the northern islands.  Launching at 11 am to take advantage of the tides, expecting to arrive at Patos around 6:30pm

Day 2: Patos Island to Posey Island (18 nm).  Launching early (8am) from Patos, we'll paddle past the north side of Waldron Island and around the north end of Stuart Island.  Then back toward Speiden Island and across to Posey Island.  Expect to arrive at Posey around 2 pm.  Potential for a side paddle into Roche Harbor if desired.

Day 3: Posey Island to Griffin Bay Park on San Juan Island (21 nm).  Launching early again (8am), we'll head around the north side of Henry Island and southward down the west coast of San Juan Island, stopping at San Juan County Park and San Juan Island National Historic Park.  Likely will stop to play in the tide race at Cattle Point before heading into Cattle Pass to Griffin Bay Marine Park.  Expect to arrive around 4pm.

Day 4: Griffin Bay to Washington Park (18 nm).  Launching at 9am, we'll ride the current out Cattle Pass and paddle around the south side of all of the small islets on the way to Iceberg Point.  We may stop to play in/near Cattle Pass if we find something fun-looking.  From Iceberg Point we'll continue east outside of all of the small island and stop again at Watmough Head before heading north back to Washington Park.  Expect to get back to the launch around 4pm.

Route/Place

San Juan Islands Circumnavigation



  • MapTech The San Juan Islands No. 104

    Sea Trails Lummi Island, Bellingham & Samish Bays WA005

    Sea Trails Orcas Island North San Juan SeaTrails WA004

    Sea Trails San Juan Island Stuart Island WA003

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
  • See full route/place details.
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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
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