Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Kayaking

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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 kayaking I
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm

The group will meet at Arcadia Boat Ramp at 10am on Saturday, June 15.

If you are willing to drive and have the ability to transport kayaks, please specify that in the group org sheet. A group carpool link will be posted later. 

Group carpool link to come...

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


Kayaks: If you have your own kayak, you are encouraged to bring it. Please note that in the Org Sheet. We also have access to 6 double sea kayaks from Outdoors for All (located in Magnuson Park). 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

Notes on Drysuits/wetsuits: In general for sea kayaking, expect to get wet and minimize feeling cold. At a minimum your feet and butt will get wet. People often underestimate how cold and uncomfortable being a bit wet makes them. No one will get turned away for not having wetsuits, but they are recommended--an accidental slip or tip is otherwise likely to end your day and derail things for the group.

Fishing/Harvesting Shellfish: If you plan to fish or harvest shellfish, please obtain the proper license from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and be aware of harvesting limits/restrictions.

Notes on dry bags: 
  • No need to buy dry bags for this trip. Some are available to borrow, and garbage bags can be used.
  • If you are thinking about buying dry bags:
    • Drybags for watersports are generally more heavy duty and truly waterproof than lightweight drybags for backpacking. Either are fine for this trip, but be careful with light duty bags as smashing into kayaks and pulling out can be a lot of wear and tear on light duty bags.
  • 10 to 15 Liter bags work well for clothes, sleeping bags and tents
  • 3 to 5 Liter bags work well for first aid kits, your lunch, toiletries, etc.
  • >15 Liter bags typically don't fit well into kayaks. More smaller bags is generally better

Hope Island

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

You will need to bring:


  • Synthetic base layer top
  • Synthetic pants (needs to fit inside suit)
  • Wetsuit/drysuit
  • Water shoes (neoprene booties, tevas, crocks)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Dry Bags (sub trash bags, Ziplocs, etc.)
  • Waterproof cellphone case with lanyard (optional)
  • Bailing sponge (optional, bring if you already have one)
  • Water (Hydration bag/nalgene) at least 1 L
  • Lunch and snacks (stored in a drybag or water tight container/bag)

We will provide if you don't have:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Spray skirt (optional)
  • Bilge pump (shared)
  • Paddle float (shared)
  • Tow rope (shared)
  • First aid kit


  • Tent (with dry bag, poles can be separate with rubber bands)
  • Sleeping Bag & mat (with dry bag, if you sleeping bag doesn't pack down well into a waterproof bag, consider borrowing from the gear library)
  • Warm Clothes for at camp (with dry bag)
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Compact Towel 
  • Schlepping bag (Ikea)
  • Shoes for land
  • Lunches
  • Mess Kit for Dinner and Breakfast
  • Latrine Kit (optional, there will be a pit toilet on Hope Island)
Group Gear:
  • Stove/Fuel
  • Group Cooking Gear
  • Dinner/Breakfast food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Map & Compass
  • Repair Kit
  • Bailing Sponge
  • Pen and Cash for campsite
  • cord and bags for hanging food & toiletries
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