San Juan Islands from Anacortes


Sea Kayak - Washington Park to James Island

This is an overnight paddle from Washington Park in Anacortes across Rosario Straight to James Island. The majority of the paddle will be done around slack time before flood.

  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1.5 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 - 3 kts

We will meet at the Washington Park boat launch in Anacortes at 8:30am on Saturday 8/10, with a scheduled launch time of 9:30am. Plan to arrive earlier if you need more time to pack your boat for the trip. If parking at the boat launch is available, park there to unload boats and equipment, then move your vehicle to Lot B for overnight parking. The fee is $11.

Sea kayak 3.5 miles across Rosario Strait, with potential exposure to strong tidal currents, turbulence, wind and boat traffic. Then relax for an overnight camp on pleasant James Island Marine State Park. The park has three clusters of campsites, two for general boating use and one Cascadia Marine Trail cluster of three sites on a hill above the west cove. There is no potable water available on the island, but there are plenty of aggressive raccoons to keep you company and steal your food.  Enjoy white sand beaches and forested trails.

More to come in this space soon.


San Juan Islands from Anacortes

  • Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
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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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