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Blind Island Sea Kayaking

San Juan Islands

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • A kayaker at Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • Blind Island is a small park off the coast of Shaw Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • The ferry docks at Shaw Island as seen from Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • A curious seal investigates campers at Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • A tugboat pulls a load of logs past Shaw Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • Lichen-covered rocks line the beaches of Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • A ferry near Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • Boat traffic is common in the narrow waterways around Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker at camp on Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • A camper dries out gear at Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • Succulents line the hills of the small island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • Apple trees and other fruit trees are among the vegetation on the island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker at camp on Blind Island.- Blind Island Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Nice stop on circumnavigation of Shaw Island.
Cons: 
Close to ferry routes. Boat traffic.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Blind Island State Park is a small island nestled between Shaw Island and Orcas Island in Blind Bay, an area closed to commercial crabbing but reportedly a great place to drop a crab pot if you brought one along. While Blind Island may not be a destination in itself, it's worth checking out either as an overnight stop on a longer trip, such as circumnavigating Shaw Island, or just a quick stop to have lunch on it's rocky coast. The island, which used to be a small homestead, hosts a variety of fruit trees presumably planted by its previous occupant. Kayakers interested in visiting Blind Island State Park usually either come from Odlin County Park on Lopez Island, which is more protected, or from Friday Harbor, which involves a crossing of the San Juan Channel.

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