Case Inlet

Sea kayak the inlet between Key Peninsula on the east and Hartstine Island on the west in Puget Sound. Points of interest include McMicken Island State Park; Stretch, Reach and Herron Islands; Pirate and McLane Coves; and Jarrell Cove State Park. Case Inlet is the boundary between Pierce County and Mason County.

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on the water

Case Inlet lies between Key Peninsula on the east and Hartstine Island on the west. Points of interest include the shoreline of the north end; McMicken Island State Park; and Stretch, Reach and Herron Islands.  Explorations into the north end of Pickering Passage from Case Inlet include Pirate and McLane Coves and Jarrell Cove State Park.

Brisco Point in Dana Passage is a nice paddle. In certain conditions the water at the point can have standing waves and rips that are really fun play. Its also allows anyone preparing to circumnavigate Harstine Island an alternate way of exploring the south end of the island.


  • The Herron Island and the Herron Island ferry parking lot are private property and only accessible with Herron Island member permission.
  • The photo is of McMicken Island.
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448

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  • McMicken Island (Case Inlet)
  • Stretch Island (Case Inlet)
  • Reach Island (Case Inlet)
  • Heron Islands (Case Inlet)
  • Pirate and McLane Coves (Case Inlet)
  • Jarrell Cove State Park (Case Inlet)

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