Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: 60 Paddle Trips Including the Gulf Islands

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Observe seabirds nesting on Protection Island off the Olympic Peninsula, circumnavigate Shaw Island in the San Juans, or view intertidal life in Canada's Gulf Islands. The intercoastal waters of the Pacific Northwest offer some of the most stunning scenery and marine life available to paddlers. From the protected coves and estuaries of south Puget Sound to the swift currents of Deception Pass and the bustling harbor of Victoria, this completely updated and expanded third edition offers detailed paddling ...

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Kayaking Puget Sound & the San Juan Islands: 60 Trips in Northwest Inland Waters, Including the Gulf Islands, 3rd Edition

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Overview

Observe seabirds nesting on Protection Island off the Olympic Peninsula, circumnavigate Shaw Island in the San Juans, or view intertidal life in Canada's Gulf Islands. The intercoastal waters of the Pacific Northwest offer some of the most stunning scenery and marine life available to paddlers. From the protected coves and estuaries of south Puget Sound to the swift currents of Deception Pass and the bustling harbor of Victoria, this completely updated and expanded third edition offers detailed paddling information for kayakers, canoeists, stand up paddlers, and anyone with a small craft.

You'll discover 60 wide-ranging trips, featuring:

Camping logistics and paddling etiquette

Routes rated as protected, moderate, or exposed

15 brand now trips

New information for stand up paddlers

Details on the region's marine trails

A "Routes At-a-Glance" chart to choose a route for your level of fitness, skills, and available time

General logistics: Preparing gear, finding launch sites, carrying kayaks or SUPs onto ferries as a foot passenger, and much more!

Seattle native, professional photographer, and kayak and SUP teacher Rob Casey has been exploring the Northwest's waterways for more than a decade. He is the author of Sterna Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf and Rivers, also published by The Mountaineers Books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594856853
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 773,971
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Quick Trip Reference 8

Acknowledgments 12

Introduction 13

Route Legend 16

The Pacific Northwest Paddling Environment 18

Going Paddling 33

South Puget Sound

1 Hammersley Inlet 57

2 Eld Inlet 61

3 Henderson Inlet: Woodward Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area 64

4 Nisqually Delta 68

5 Hope Island (South) 71

6 Jarrell Cove State Park 76

7 Carr Inlet: Horsehead Bay, Cutts Island State Park, and Kopachuck State Park 79

8 Tacoma Narrows 82

9 Gig Harbor 85

10 Commencement Bay 88

Middle Puget Sound

11 Maury Island 92

12 Blake Island 96

13 Eagle Harbor to Bremerton 100

14 Eagle Harbor 105

15 Elliott Bay 108

16 Duwamish Waterway 113

17 Lake Union 116

18 West Point, Shilshole Bay, and Golden Gardens 120

19 Port Madison and Agate Passage 124

20 Kingston to Point No Point Lighthouse 127

21 Everett Harbor: Jetty Island and Vicinity 130

22 Southern Hood Canal: Annas Bay 134

23 Central Hood Canal: Quilcene and Dabob Bays, Dosewallips, Pleasant Harbor, Triton Cove, and Mike's Beach Resort 136

North Puget Sound

24 Whidbey Island: Coupeville and Penn Cove 140

25 Whidbey Island: Keystone to Hastie Lake Boat Ramp 142

26 Skagit River Delta 147

27 Hope and Skagit Islands 151

28 Deception Pass 154

29 Burrows Island 159

30 Lummi Island 162

31 Chuckanut Bay 166

Olympic Peninsula

32 Hood Head 170

33 Mats Mats Bay 172

34 Indian Island 175

35 Marrowstone Island 180

36 Port Townsend to Point Wilson 184

37 Sequim Bay-Protection Island-Diamond Point Loop 187

38 Dungeness Spit 191

39 Port Angeles Harbor and Ediz Hook 194

40 Freshwater Bay to the Elwha River 197

41 Freshwater Bay to the Salt Creek Recreational Area 200

San Juan Islands Area

42 Cypress Island 206

43 James Island 211

44 Obstruction Pass 215

45 Lopez Island: Fisherman Bay 218

46 Lopez Island: Mackaye Harbor 220

47 Shaw Island: Circumnavigation 223

48 Clark Island 227

49 Point Doughty on Orcas Island 231

50 Patos, Sucia, and Matia Islands 232

51 Jones Island 237

52 South and West San Juan Island 242

53 Stuart Island 248

Gulf Islands & Vancouver Island (British Columbia)

54 Sooke Harbor 253

55 Victoria Harbor, British Columbia 256

56 Victoria: The Gorge Waterway 259

57 Victoria: Outer Harbor to Cadboro Bay & Trial, Oak Bay, and Discovery Islands 261

58 Portland Island 266

59 Salt Spring Island-Wallace Island 269

60 Pender, Saturna, and Mayne Islands 272

Resources 278

Index 284

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