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Sea Kayak - Hood Canal Triple Cross

Amazing November weather for this extended triple cross paddle. Misery Point - Stavis Bay - Quatsap Point - Dosewallips River - Toandos Peninsula - Anderson Landing County Park.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Weather: clear and cold. Wind from the north. Calm in the morning and less than 7-8kt in afternoon.
    Waves: calm in morning and up to 1' in the afternoon.
    Distance: 17.3nm
    Pace: 3 kt
    Tides: H 0809 11.8'   L 1351 8.3'   H 1754 9.3'

A stunning November day - crystal clear weather, new snow on the Olympics and only light north wind!
We got on the water on time at 9:00am and paddled west along the shore with a spectacular view of the Olympics. At the west side of Stavis Bay we started the crossing to Quatsap Point. We didn't stop at Stavis Bay as there was active duck hunting going on. We took a break on a small beach between Quatsap and Black Points and then headed up the coast toward Brinnon. After paddling a short distance into the Dosewallips River for a quick break, we crossed over to Tskutsko Point where we stopped on the beautiful beach for a leisurely lunch in the sunshine. A couple came by in a kayak and a rowing shell from Fisherman Harbor and we had a nice conversation. They indicated that you need at least a 6' tide to get into/out of Fisherman Harbor.
After lunch we headed east along the end of Toandos Peninsula, poking briefly into the entrance of Fisherman Harbor. Once we reached Hazel Point, the wind had come up a bit - maybe 5-8kt from the north. Rather than cross to the east, we took a southeasterly course to take some advantage of the wind waves and had a few good rides on the crossing to Kitsap County Anderson Landing Park where we took a very short bio break. Paddling back along the shore, we had a hard time seeing anything as the bright sun was directly in our eyes for much of the time. We paddled past Lone Rock, Big Beef Harbor, Little Beef Creek and across the mouth of Seabeck Bay on our way back to the launch.
We arrived back at the launch around 4pm.S0268056.JPG

-Launch beach is fairly small - wouldn't want to have more than 8 paddlers, otherwise would have to stage carefully.
-Nice little beach to the north of the community at Quatsap Point.
-Can paddle up to the park at the southernmost inlet at Dosewallips. Grass/mud or gravel area with restroom and parking lot nearby. Could also use this as a launch point.
-Wonderful beach along the south end of Toandos Peninsula - Toandos Tidelands State Park. Water access only.
-Entrance to Fisherman Harbor needs at least a 6 foot tide.
-Small beach to west of Anderson Landing County Park. Lots of submerged logs/rocks that are hard to see, but good beach for a break.