San Juan Islands & Lummi Island from Gooseberry Point

Sea kayak around an island not frequently visited by power boaters. The southern end is rugged and hosts a Cascadia Marine Trail campsite. Southerly winds can create rough paddling conditions with an opposing current, and there are moderate currents on the east side of Lummi Island and Rosario Strait to the west. Or paddle from Gooseberry Point into the islands in the Sand Juan Archipelago.

launch points

  • Gooseberry Point, Lummi Nation. The launch is next to the Lummi Island Ferry and the land is owned by the Lummi Nation. The gravel parking area with concrete block perimeter can be used for unloading boats. Only if no events are planned is parking allowed there ($5/day as of 2020). Alternatively, staff in the shack between the gravel lot and the ferry terminal will direct to other paid locations, or you can park for free on the road east of the terminal.
  • Wildcat Cove, Larrabee State Park
  • Lummi Island (includes a short ferry ride)
  • See San Juan Islands from Anacortes and  Padilla Bay & Nearby Islands for other nearby launch points and paddling destinations in the San Juan Islands. Gooseberry Point has the closest access to the northern San Juan Islands. Crossing to the San Juan Islands often includes a brief stop on Lummi Island on an open beach ~0.5 nm from the northern tip on the western coast. Crossing Rosario Strait should include precautions for currents and boat traffic—check in with Vessel Traffic Service.

On the Water

Lummi Island Circumnavigation

19 nm round trip, difficulty: sea kayak II/III

Paddle around one of the San Juan Islands that is not frequently visited by power boaters. The southern end is rugged and hosts a Cascadia Marine Trail campsite. Southerly winds can create rough paddling conditions with an opposing current, and there are moderate currents on the east side of Lummi and Rosario Strait to the west.

Gooseberry Point to Clark Island

14 nm round trip, difficulty: Sea Kayak IV

Sea kayak to the 55-acre Clark Island Marine State Park with saltwater shores, beach campsites and picnic areas, sandy beaches and pea gravel beaches. Be sure to check out the intertidal areas along the southern end of the island or find one of the several benches along the bluffs to watch the sunset and take in a view of Mount Baker and Lummi Island.

  • There are 15 campsites all along the eastern shore and a handful of picnic areas along the western shore.
  • There are 11,292 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Georgia.
  • The beaches are sandy on the west side of the island and smooth pea gravel on the east side. 
  • There are two composting toilets on the island, but no running water.

San Juan Islands Archipelago

Visit our San Juan Islands from Anacortes route/place for more information about island paddling destinations in the San Juan Islands Archipelago that may be reached from Gooseberry Point.

Information for Leaders

scheduling

This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and heading to different locations at different areas. Please keep groups to two per launch point.

permit information

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: *Varies*
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 8
  • Maximum Party Size: 8
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Sea Trails Lummi Island, Bellingham & Samish Bays WA005
  • NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423
  • NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
  • NOAA Bellingham Bay No. 18424
Activities

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Titles

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  • Lummi Island Circumnavigation
  • Gooseberry Point to Clark Island
  • Clark, Patos, Sucia & Matia Islands
  • Northern San Juan Islands
  • San Juan Islands Archipelago
  • San Juan Islands Archipelago Circumnavigation
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