Sea Kayak - Washington Park to Friday Harbor

Kayak from Washington Park to Friday Harbor via Cattle Pass

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 22.0 nm

Meet at 6:00am at the Washington Park Boat Launch. We will shuttle one car to the ferry terminal and use that to pick up other cars. We launch at 7:00am sharp.

Camping at Washington Park on Saturday night, if desired. I'm not making reservations as it is unlikely to be full in May.

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: Strenuous
  • Wind:  up to 15 kts
  • Waves:  < 2 ft
  • Currents:  3 kts in Rosario Strait and San Juan Channel
  • Distance:  22 nm
  • Pace:  Brisk

This 22 mile trip is for experienced kayakers who have a good roll and can paddle at a brisk pace for an extended period of time.   There will  be opportunity for playtime in Cattle Pass; we'll hang out and surf standing waves at Davis Point then progress east of Deadman's Island.   We will ride the flood into Friday Harbor and return by ferry, endeavoring to make the 3:40pm.   Helmet, drysuits, and wheels are required.   Leader permission is required for signing up.

Wheels will need to fit in your boat and off the deck.

 - Experience in rip tides, rapids, currents of at least  3 kts. You should have done Deception Pass a few times. Experience in standing waves a bonus.
- Ability to do a T rescue in one minute or less
- Able to control boat in winds up to 15 kts 
- Able to stay with a group during a crossing 


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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