Whidbey Island West Shore

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Sea Kayak - Whidbey Island West Shore

Exploratory paddle along a sparsely populated area of the west coast of Whidbey Island's Fort Ebey State Park and Ebey's Landing.

  • Sea Kayak III/IV, Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2.5 kts
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at Hastie Lake Boat Launch at 845am with launch by 930am. 

Hastie Lake Boat Ramp - Whidbey and Camano Islands (whidbeycamanoislands.com)

We will launch from Hastie Lake County Park boat launch - I could not find data on parking or launch fees. There is likely to be surf launches / landings due to long westerly fetch.  We will paddle down the coast with a lunch/turn around point at Ebey's Landing (there is a port-a-potty here). 

Due to the exposed coastline, I will change the paddle destination if wind >15knt or waves >2.5 ft.  My backup destination will be a launch from Freeland Park and paddle to Baby Island for lunch in protected Holmes Harbor on the east side of Whidbey Island.  (12nm).

 I am offering a current class in the Deception Pass on Saturday (6/29) and camping at Fort Casey State Park in site #25 that night. The site fits 3 tents and happy to share if you want to spend the night on Whidbey before the paddle. There is a $10 charge for an extra car. Discovery Pass required.

Route/Place

Whidbey Island West Shore


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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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