FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water


FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - San Juan Islands from Anacortes

FLOW - Environmental Awarteness. Paddle around Burrows and Allen Islands taking time to observe what the environment is doing.

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  • *Varies*, Sea Kayak III/IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: 3.5

Meet at Washington Park boat ramp ready to launch at 8am.

We will plan to return to Washington Park about 3pm.


The purpose of this outing is to give people practice in reading the environment, especially the current.  Around Burrows and Allen the currents are always doing some thing interesting and it can change every several hundred feet.  We will take time to observe and investigate.  If you want to get nerdy about observing what the environment is doing to you the paddler, this is your trip.
This is a a good trip for people developing intermediate paddling skills.  It is especially good for people who intend to lead trips or are leading trips and want to improve their ability to understand and adapt to conditions.
Participants should be able to paddle at a 3.5 knot pace (there will be frequent pauses).  Should be able to paddle in up to 15 knot wind and 2 ft wave.
If conditions are wind or stormy we will modify the route to stay within the ability of participants.  (This could become an intermediate wind and waves clinic.) 

San Juan Islands from Anacortes

  • Rosario Strait & Bellingham WA001

    Sea Trails Lopez, Blakely, Decatur & Shaw Islands WA002

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia No. 18421
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

We are paddling in rough conditions in the winter.  This is the time to bring all your emergency and spare gear.
Tow systems
Extra clothing
First aid kits
High energy foods
Boat repair kits
Helmet as needed
Recommended Equipment
VHF radios
Storm CAG (especially in winter)
Warm tea or water
Trip Reports