Introduction to Kayak Camping


Introduction to Kayak Camping - Pomeroy Park to Blake Island

An introduction to kayak camping equipment, packing a boat, carrying water, paddling a laden boat, and performing rescues with loaded boats.

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: slow to moderate


This will be an overnight clinic, in relatively benign conditions, teaching principals that you may apply to the conditions of your choice.  We will cover differences between car camping and kayak camping, as well as the differences in kayak camping and backpacking (hint, we can carry over 100 pounds of gear in a boat).  We will cover basic kayak camping equipment, use of dry bags, how to pack your boat for proper trim, launching and landing a loaded boat, differences in paddling expedition-loaded vs day-loaded boats, and how to perform rescues with loaded boats. In addition to the paddle, participants are encouraged to participate in an evening zoom meeting to discuss equipment recommendations in advance to allow purchase if needed. Your registration fee covers the overnight camping fee (shared sites) in the park. Open to mountaineers members only.  This year's basic class students are welcome to register. We will hold the clinic rain or shine.  Only persistent lightning storms or rain squalls will force a cancellation.

We understand life sometime gets in the way of plans, but please don't sign up if there is a chance you'll cancel.  The leader will be reserving campsites well in advance based on the number of registered attendees.

Please, no alcohol or recreational drugs on this paddle.  Thanks.


Blake Island

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    NOAA Puget Sound: Seattle to Bremerton No. 18449

    Sea Trails Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Liberty Bay WA202

    USGS Duwamish Head

    USGS Bremerton East
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Sea kayaking 20 essentials.

Dry suit required.

Camping equipment; including  tent, sleeping system, spare clothes,  camp clothes, cooking system, water, food, and personal hygiene kit. Water is available on the island, but we want you to bring your own as most camping locations in our area, and the San Juan's, don't have water.

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