FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water


FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Deception Pass

Paddle in Wind and Waves this Friday. Entrance to Deception Pass or somewhere in Puget Sound are likely.

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  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 4.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 30 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 6 kts
  • Pace: 3.3

Looks like interesting conditions are developing this Friday.  Possible destinations are

  • Bowman Bay to catch malstrom coming in off the straight
  • Burrows Island in case conditions at Bowman Bay are too rough
  • Puget Sound Lincoln to Blake crossing if possible
  • Puget Sound Lincoln Park point where we can tuck in protected water behind point.

Sign up and send me a note.  I'll make a decision Thursday afternoon.

If no one can paddle Friday I may change date to Sunday to do the Lincoln Park to Blake Island crossing.  Moderate conditions forecast.


To develop skills and expand our limits we will seek out challenging conditions.  
Where we go and what we do depends on conditions.  If weather is stormy we will choose a paddle where we can safely experience those conditions.  If weather is calmer we may go to Deception Pass for currents, to Crescent Beach for surf, or a circumnavigation for training.  
Participants should feel they are ready to paddle in SK IV conditions.  Should be willing to get wet, practice skills, try new things, push limits, and be safety support for others.  
Since actual conditions won't be known until a few days before the trip you don't know exactly what you are signing up for.  Leader’s will do their best to describe intended conditions.  Participants should do their best self-assessment.  Finally, let’s all support each other in developing skills and stretching limits, where ever they are.
Destination will likely change according to conditions.  Please allocate a full day and anticipate the possibility of an early start.

Deception Pass

  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101

    NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423

    NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427
  • 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