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

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

by Rob Casey


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

to download two trips from Kayaking Puget Sound — "Freshwater Bay to Salt Creek" and Rob Casey's favorite, "Deception Pass"

*Kayak, canoe, and stand up padding routes that promise beauty and adventure
* Completely updated information and maps, all new photographs, and over 10 all new trips
* Revised, easier-to-use Trips-at-a-Glance chart
* Originally for kayakers, info now applies to a range of vessels including pedaling kayaks, stand up paddleboards, canoes, row boats, shells, and even kayak-sailing outriggers

The miles of inland waterways of the Pacific Northwest are among the best in the world for paddling. Beautiful scenery, intricate and protected waterways, and abundant marine life define the area, while on shore are ample public parklands for camping and exploring.

The 60 trips in this extensively updated 3rd edition of the bestselling Kayaking Puget Sound & the San Juan Islands cover the Sound's myriad islands, fjord-like canals, and inlets from Canada's Gulf Islands to the Nisqually River Delta, including the fabulous San Juan Islands and the unique Hood Canal. Each trip description covers all the details paddlers need to plan and complete specific tours throughout the region.

Other important updates to this 3rd edition include: modern safety tips (emphasis on proper gear and PFDs); a list of weather resources; how to make use of cell phones and mobile apps that utilize GPS and real-time navigational data; a resources section on kayaking training in the region through paddle clubs, certification groups, and paddle shops; how to prepare for open water trips; new info on how to cross into Canada; and more. Kayaking Puget Sound & the San Juan Islands, 3rd Edition, gives novice paddlers, weekenders, and lifelong kayakers the inspiration and knowledge to get out and explore the Northwest via its singular waterways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594856853
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 633,924
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ROB CASEY has been a photographer for nearly 15 years for magazines, advertising and design firms, and stock agencies worldwide. His work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Time, Seattle Metropolitan, Country Home, and Sunset. Images from his miniatures series can be found in the private collections of Elton John and Disney. He lives in Seattle, Washington and he is the Northwest expert on Stand Up Paddling (SUP). Learn more about Rob Casey on his website. For more frequent updates from our SUP paddling guru be sure to check out his blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, or even his YouTube page!

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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