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Sea Kayak - Eagle Harbor to Port Blakely

Pleasant trip with a bit of wind and wind waves to deal with.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Launched on time from Bainbridge Waterfront Park Boat Ramp.  They now charge $5.00 for hand launching watercraft but the good news is that this included parking for the day in one of the parking spots in the park.  

     

Weather was warm and probably reached the high 70's/low 80's on the water.  Wind Forecast was for 9-15kt from North with 2' wind waves.  Paddled east out of Eagle Harbor around Bill Point (old Creosote Plant and EPA Superfund site).  Water was a bit choppy but not too bad as we paddled south and then east again out to Blakely Rock.  Timing was right from a tide standpoint (-2.5') to land on the shell beach on the west end of the rock but there was a colony of harbor seals on the beach and in the water with about a dozen or more young pups so we backed off, didn't land, and headed west into Blakely Harbor.  Stopped at the public beach at the far end by the remnants of the old steam plant.  

They now have a port-a-potty set up just up the beach steps and across the road by the parking lot.

There were several dozen kayaks, SUP's, and dingys stacked up on the beach.  Must be from local residents who leave them there and launch from the public beach.

Ate lunch and then paddled back to launch site.  Head wind was about 10kts and generally from the North. Wind waves were about 1' with some cresting perhaps at 1'6".  All paddlers did a good job of handing these conditions.  Most interesting "wave" of the day was when we approached Bill Point on the return just as a ferry was leaving.  Since the tide was still low we were a bit farther from shore than typical. As the ferry swell hit the shallower water it created a nice wake from the students to address and handle.  All did well by heading into the wake at 90 degrees and hollering "Wheeeeee!

 

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