Pickering Passage

A passage in South Puget Sound that separates Mason County from Hartstene and Squaxin Islands. Extending 8.5 nm north to south, it offers many opportunities to explore in a sea kayak. It is notable for flowing north on the ebb and south on a flood, providing current-assisted trips for the careful planner. It can be accessed from Arcadia, Latimer Landing, and Fair Harbor, and inlets to visit include Jarrell Cove State Park, McLean, and Pirate Coves at the northern end.

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Pickering passage separates Mason County from Hartstene and Squaxin Islands.  Extending almost 8.5 nm north to south, is offers a lot of exploration opportunities.  Pickering is notable for flowing north on the ebb and south on a flood, providing current assisted trips for the careful planner.    Inlets to visit include Jarrell Cove State Park, McLean and Pirate Coves at the northern end.

  • 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
Map
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Sea Kayak - Pickering Passage

Sea Kayaking Trip
Tacoma branch student paddle. Starting at Graham Point we will paddle to Jarrell Cove and
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
Sat, Jul 10, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Jun 26
Tacoma Branch
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