McNeil Island Circumnavigation

Paddle around an island in South Puget Sound that was a federal prison, then a state prison, and now a state commitment facility for sex offenders. No landing on the island is permitted, making this a potentially more challenging trip.

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on the water

McNeil Island is wholly government owned.  First a Federal and then State Prison, it is still a State Commitment Facility for sex offenders.  No landing is allowed on the island.  There are no bail outs on McNeil Island.  The ferry is not available to unauthorized personnel, even in a medical emergency. You must be able to cross the channel regardless of conditions. Because of its restricted use, the shoreline is quite wild with a frequent seal haul-out on the island's northeast corner. Break points include Eagle Island State Park and the public shoreline along the Key Peninsula. Gertrude Island, while not part of the restricted McNeil Island facility, serves as a wildlife sanctuary. Kayakers tend to make only the briefest of visits and only when it is an island and not a Tombola.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
  • Length: 15.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager TBD
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
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Sea Kayak - McNeil Island Circumnavigation

Sea Kayaking Trip
This should be a nice run with hopefully lots of marine wildlife and bird viewing
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
Sat, Dec 15, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants
Registration closed Dec 12
Olympia Branch
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