Sea Kayak - Washington Park to Friday Harbor

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

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 22.0 nm

Meet at Washington Park boat ramp at 6:00am

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

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.

The tentative plan is to enter Cattle Pass early and explore the seldom-paddled West side of the Pass, exploring Goose Island along the way.

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 or date may be chosen, conditions permitting.

Dry suits, helmets, kayak carts and backup 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.


Washington Park to Friday Harbor

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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