Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Kayaking

Youth activity

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Kayaking - Hope Island

This is an overnight sea kayaking trip to hope Island State Park (Mason County). We will launch from the Arcadia boat ramp, which is about a 2 mile paddle to the campground. We will also have the opportunity to paddle the waters around Hope Island and search for Oysters, clams, and crabs.

  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm


Please visit this page on Squaxin Island to learn more about the Squaxin Island Tribe, who have lived on these lands and waters for countless centuries. The tribe currently owns and manages Squaxin Island which is next to Hope Island as well as the Arcadia Boat Ramp where we will launch from. 


You must attend the May 8 General Meeting as well as the day paddle at Concrete beach on June 1. If you cannot attend one of these events, still want to join the trip, and have paddling experience, please email

Important information:

Kayaks: We have access to 6 double sea kayaks from Outdoors for All (located in Magnuson Park). If you have your own kayak, you are encouraged to bring it. We will also rent boats from Kamilche Adventures, which is close to the launch point and owned by a Squaxin tribal elder. They have 14 single kayaks which will cost $110 each for the day and a half.   

Parking: Discover Pass Required

Fishing/Harvesting Shellfish: If you plan to fish or harvest shellfish, both of which are very doable in this area, please obtain the proper license from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

*To sign up for Explorer/Jr. MAC combo trips, do it on this page, NOT the course page. For all other trips, sign up via the course page. If confused, refer to the registration instructions on the course page.


Hope Island

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Water shoes
  • Clothes that can get wet
  • Water
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Lunch
  • Towel/dry clothes to change into afterwards

If you'd like to borrow non-kayaking gear, please submit your request to the gear library.

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