Sea Kayak - Squaxin Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - Squaxin Island Circumnavigation

If you're interested this paddle is one of the south islands you must circumnavigate in order to earn a pin from the Olympia Committee. If you haven’t paddled this trip it’s very pretty. Last time I did this it was with WKC. But in order to get the pin it needs to be a Mountaineers trip. So there’s good current assist as we travel south, in a clockwise direction. We spotted eagles, seals, and sea lions. We’ll be stopping at Hope Island for lunch. If you're into schucking oysters there are plenty on the beach. After lunch the tide will be ebbing for our trip north at 1.7kts.

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  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3kts

Meet at Graham Pt, Latimer’s Landing, and Boat Launch it’s located on left side of bridge before you’d cross over to Harstine Island at 9:30 am

Be ready to Launch 10:00am   

We’ll be off water by 3:30pm

There is a well maintained Porta-Potty available at boat launch.

FYI, the County Park and Boat Launch and parking lot.  Has a volunteer donation of $5.00 to be used to wards maintaining the park and boat ramp. It’s not mandatory.

It’s the last month of winter, so I’d expect all to be using a dry suit

Be sure to bring if you have these:

Tow built


Be sure to pack a lunch and something hot to drink, and of course many snacks



Squaxin Island Circumnavigation

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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