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Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking

Puget Sound, West Seattle

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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  • A kayaker launches from the Don Armeni Boat ramp on Alki Beach.  - Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Blake Island can be seen beyond the Alki Lighthouse.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • A biker relaxes on Alki Beach.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Choppy water separates Blake Island from Seattle on windy days.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • The western side of Blake Island offers sandy beaches and multiple campsites.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • The water trail campsites are designated for kayakers.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Many of the beaches don't allow camping, but there are plenty of sites on the island.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Deer and racoons are a constant problem on the island, and food storage lockers are supplied at many of the sites.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Deer and racoons are a constant problem on the island, and food storage lockers are supplied at many of the sites.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker takes a breather on the western side of Blake Island near the Cascadia Marine Trail campsites.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Cormorants rest on a tree near Tillicum Village.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Shells washed up on driftwood along one of the beaches on Blake Island.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Tillicum Village.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Tillicum Village.- Blake Island State Park Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access from Seattle. Wildlife. Solitude.
Cons: 
Can be busy on summer weekends. Deer and racoons can be a problem.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Moderate / Class B
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Blake Island State Park is located northwest of Vashon Island, and it offers spectacular views of Seattle and the Olympic Mountains. The park offers 44 standard campsites, two primitive sites, and three water trail sites that are designated specifically for kayakers. Tilicum Village, on the eastern side of the island, offers seasonal salmon dinners and traditional Northwest Indian dancing for those looking for a fancier alternative to camp food. To get to Blake Island, put in along Alki Beach and paddle west toward the Alki Lighthouse.  From here, it is a 5-mile paddle to the western point of the island where the water trail sites are located. Though Blake Island is only reachable by boat, warm summer weather can still attract crowds.  

Kayakers can extend the trip by starting at Golden Gardens Park or shorten the trip by launching from Manchester State Park or the north side of Vashon Island.

Note that the crossing from Alki Point to Blake Island is long and the conditions can change quickly with the weather. Kayakers crossing to Blake Island should be aware that they are crossing a major shipping channel. Monitoring channel 14 for shipping traffic with a VHF radio is highly recommended. Also, deer and racoons are a constant problem on Blake Island. Please store your food in kayak hatches or use the food lockers provided at most campsites.

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