Squaxin Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - Squaxin Island Circumnavigation

Priority given to Olympia students enrolled in this year’s Basic Sea Kayaking courses who seek to complete their Basic SK badge trip requirements. Departure from Arcadia, working in a counter-clockwise direction around this beautiful island. This trip qualifies as one of the requirements for a South Sound Islands paddle pin.

  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: 2-3

Meet at Arcadia boat launch, near Shelton at 9:15am geared up and ready to discuss specifics of trip. Our goal is to be on the water by 9:45-10am.

No parking pass required.  Porta-potties are  available.

Students must receive leader permission before signing up. This is a longer, more strenuous student paddle, so expect to provide details of your fitness level, paddling experience and why you feel this trip is within your capabilities.  

From Arcadia, we will ride the ebb out to and around Squaxin Island paddling in a counter-clockwise direction. A late lunch is planned near the northern point before heading south back to Arcadia. Plan to practice self and assisted rescues near our take-out point. Expect to finish between 3:30-4pm.

Due to tribal restrictions, landing on Squaxin Island for breaks, etc. is not allowed; therefore, before we launch, we will discuss our options.

Students must have their own boats. Immersion gear required.


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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