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Sea Kayak - Indian Island Circumnavigation

Left Port Hadlock on schedule at 11am, paddling north to Kala Point then across to Fort Flagler boat launch for first break. Next, down Kilisut Harbor on the rising tide to Mystery Bay for second break. Made the run down Scow Bay to meet the 7' tide level at the culverts, glided through, portaged to Oak Bay, then rode the ebb through the Port Townsend Canal back to Port Hadlock.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Conditions were ideal.  Winds were as forecast, around 8-10 kts, waves < 1 ft.  

We left Port Hadlock on time at 11:00am and headed north to Kala Point then across Port Townsend Harbor to the beach Fort Flagler boat ramp. There, we took our first break and a chance to study the easternmost remains of the WWII submarine net J.A. Roebling's company fabricated for the US Navy to span the opening of the harbor between Port Townsend and Fort Flagler.

After fueling up on lunch and ice cream cones, we headed down Kilisut Harbor on the tide with a tad of wind assist. We took our scheduled break at Mystery Bay then headed down Scow Bay to the isthmus, moving faster than usual and arriving about 45 minutes before the ideal tube shooting tide of 6.5 to 7 feet. We took our third break while waiting for the water to get high enough to float us over the rocks then took turns gliding through the east culvert and portaged over to Oak Bay. We ended the trip by taking advantage of the late afternoon ebb for a nice current assist through the Port Townsend Canal on our return to Port Hadlock.

My only regret is that we finished 4 minutes later than originally planned. Well, that and the fact the Ajax Cafe hasn't reopened. Still, we managed to clear the beach pretty quickly and find a new fine dinner alternative at the Jalisco on Hwy 19, just a short drive away.

For pix, stats, and more details on the trip, check out my post on the Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking group on Facebook.