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
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Possession Sound to Olympia including Hood Canal No. 18445
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