Sea Kayak - Washington Park to Friday Harbor

Paddle from Washington Park, Anacortes to Friday Harbor via Cattle Pass and return via ferry.

  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 23.0 nm

Meet at Washington Park at 6:00am

This is a strenuous and challenging paddle that requires skills in currents, eddies, rips, standing waves and whirlpools. Rescue skills should be up to date and a combat roll is encouraged.

Extra time is required before putting in to arranged a car shuttle and pack extra gear. We will put-in promptly at 7:30am due to timing of currents.

Dry suits, helmets, kayak carts and backup kayak floatation are required. Make sure your kayak cart will fit inside your kayak hatches. Bring plenty of insulation, hot beverage, lunch and a change of clothes/footwear for the ferry ride.

If weather is good, we'll do the paddle as planned.  If wind / waves are unfavorable, the paddle may be cancelled, or an alternate location may be chosen, conditions permitting.

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: < 14 kts
  • Waves: < 3 ft
  • Route: Meandering
  • Distance:  23 nm
  • Pace: Moderate

Washington Park to Friday Harbor

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These ten 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. Helmet
  2. Kayak cart that stows inside your kayak
  3. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  4. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  5. Paddle
  6. Spray skirt
  7. Bilge pump with floatation
  8. Self-rescue paddle float
  9. Waterproof whistle
  10. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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