Trip Report    

Sea Kayak - Anderson Island

Clockwise circumnavigation of Anderson Island to satisfy the requirements of the Olympia Branch South Sound Islands paddle pin.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles

A cloudy morning, then sunny afternoon, high near 75, wind SW 5-10kt.

Four things stood out about this trip:

1) A benefit at Nisqually Nature Center had the single vehicle parking area roped off. As it turned out there was plenty of parking for our group. Remember to check launch site for events!

2) The forecast wind held all day which gave us a wonderful boost through Drayton Passage. In the afternoon, we faced the wind especially in East Oro Bay, but fortunately it abated during our final crossing to Luhr's Landing.

3) There are remnants of a brick production site from the 1800's in East Oro Bay; a sign provides information.

4) A sporty rip extended to the southwest from Lyle Point. We crossed at peak flood 1.73kt. With the opposing wind, it was enough to give the group a thrill. Consider timing the crossing to coincide with the rip or to avoid.

Picture is of Eagle Island at left, Anderson at right, looking east