Case Inlet


Sea Kayak - Stretch Island (Case Inlet)

Here is a chance to get warmed up for this years paddling season and at the same time get a couple of Islands knocked off for the Islands Paddle Pin. This is also a mentored trip for Fred Inman on his way to obtaining leadership for sea kayaking

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Currents: 0.5 kts
  • Pace: 3mph

Fair Harbor in Grapeview, WA. 8:00am meet time.

Additional information please contact Fred Inman at

Fred is doing this trip as the official leader and Ill be mentoring him on his first of the required mentored leader paddles.

Please join me as we circumnavigate the Reach and Stretch Islands.  We will launch from Fair Harbor Marina ($2 per kayak launch fee) with an early start meet at 8:00 order to take advantage of a high low tide.  With a leisurely pace, we will paddle a figure 8 pattern around these two islands which will qualify for one of the requirements for the Olympia South Sound Islands pin. The east side of these islands are exposed to the Case inlet, so with wind, be prepared to paddle in SK III conditions.  With no deviations, the total distance is only 5 nm, but if we explore along the shore line, it may be a bit more.  We will take one planned shore break at Stretch Point State Marine Park on the north end of Stretch Island and hope to complete the trip around lunch time.  The rest stop at Stretch Point is not well protected from the wind, so bring a wind breaker jacket.  Everyone will need a dry suit for this time of year and bring your marine radio and a tow rope, if you have one, along with the rest of your 20 essentials.
Thank you! 

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: II/III
  • Wind: up to 10 mph
  • Waves: 1 foot or less
  • Currents: less then 1 knot
  • Distance:  6nm
  • Pace: easy to moderate

Case Inlet

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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