Point Robinson and the East Passage

A wide open area in the Puget Sound to sea kayak with Three Tree Point to the north, Poverty Bay to the south, and Point Robinson in the middle. Point Robinson is frequented by Orca Whales and bumpy waters due to the large fetch to the north and south can make for some excitement.

launch & landing points

on the water

Paddle from Saltwater State Park to Marine View Park Observation Tower. From the tower there is a 2 nm crossing to Point Robinson Lighthouse. This is a scenic paddle, with a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountain


  • It is an exposed area with large fetch to the north and  south.
  • Crossings between the mainland and Maury  Island are at least two miles.
  • Kayakers should bring a marine VHF radio to coordinate crossing the  Puget Sound shipping lane with  Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) using Channel 14.


The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
  • Length: 7.0 nm
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Possession Sound to Olympia including Hood Canal No. 18445
  • Sea Trails Vashon Island, Tacoma Narrows to Elliot Bay WA203
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

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  • Saltwater State Park to Point Robinson Light House

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