Vashon & Maury Islands Circumnavigation

A fun, moderate sea kayak trip around Maury, Vashon, or both islands in South Puget Sound.

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maury island circumnavigation

difficulty: Sea Kayak III

Maury Island is a peninsula on the southeastern end of Vashon Island, connected by a small neck of land, called appropriately "Portage."  Circumnavigation of the "island" does, in fact, involve a portage. The portage is between one and two tenths of a mile depending on tide height.  Wheels may be useful for the paved part.

maury & vashon islands circumnavigation

38 nm, difficuly: Sea Kayak III+

It usually takes two to three days to complete and can be 16 miles of windy conditions.
Suggested Itinerary: Launch from Point Defiance boat launch, cross to Vashon Island, paddle north to Colvos Passage at the north east tip of Vashon Island. Overnight at Wingehaven or, if the group is up to it, Blake Island (14-16 nm for the day). Head south through East Passage to Point Robinson (12-14 nm). Overnight at Point Robinson. Head back to Point Defiance (8 nm).

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
  • Length: 38.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 18
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

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