Trip Planning for SKII-III/IV: Circumnavigation of Fidalgo Island, 31nm in Two Days

Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend

Trip Planning for SKII-III/IV: Circumnavigation of Fidalgo Island, 31nm in Two Days - Deception Pass

Two-day circumnavigation of Fidalgo Island.

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  • Sat, Sep 16, 2017 — Sun, Sep 17, 2017
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 32.0 nm

We will have a trip planning session Friday (8-9pm) evening and a short one on Saturday evening (TBA) where the shuttle will be arranged and other details discussed. You do not have to commit to both days, but we would like it if you did. You also must be prepared and ready to roll (drive) by 7:30am each day.

Saturday—paddle from Anacortes (Seafarers Memorial Park) to Cornet Bay—18nm with a lunch stop in La Connor (bring your own lunch). End around 5pm.

 Sunday—paddle from Cornet Bay to Anacortes (Seafarers Memorial Park)—helmet needed for the Pass—13 nm. End around 3pm.

We will consider the hazards of paddling around a marina, boat traffic, staying together in a narrow channel, and using a chart to follow buoys into a harbor in a trip planning session. Planning will consist of bailouts, lunch/potty stops, total distance, currents, weather, what-if scenarios, and whatever else may surface. We will then execute those plans the following two days.

 Chart #18427 Anacortes to Skagit Bay

Requirements: This paddle is for people who can paddle for two hours without stopping, keep a steady pace of at least 3 knots, and be willing to push yourself to go the distance.

Additional Materials:

Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: 60 Trips ...
By Rob Casey (2012), pp. 147-161.
Afoot & Afloat North Puget Sound
By Marge Mueller, Ted Mueller (2006), pp. 81-101.
NOAA Chart 18427
U.S. Coast Pilot 7, Pacific Coast
California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Pacific Islands,
49th Edition (2017), Chapter 12: Strait of Juan De Fuca and Georgia, Washington.
USCG Local Notice to Mariners, 13th District.
33 CFR 165.1317 - Security and Safety Zone; Large Passenger Vessel Protection ...
Zone Area Forecast for Northern Inland Waters Including The San Juan Islands

Deception Pass

  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Mountaineers' essentials and sea kayaking essentials. Immersion clothing and helmet.

Trip Reports