Share:

Burrows Island Sea Kayaking

San Juan Islands

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

Start Exploring
Burrows Island Sea Kayaking

Share:

Advertisement
  • A kayaker passes through one of the many kelp beds found around Anacortes and Burrows Island.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • Cormorants fly over the water near Burrows Island.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • A great blue heron sits on a rock near Burrows Island.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • Burrows Island seen in the distance.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • Burrows Island seen in the distance.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • The rocky shores of Burrows Island offer several places to find interesting marine life and tidal creatures.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker takes a break at the Cascadia Marine Trail campsite on Burrows Island.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • The Cascadia Marine Trail campsite on Burrows Island.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • The abandoned lighthouse on Burrows Island is a popular destination.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
  • The abandoned lighthouse on Burrows Island is a popular destination.- Burrows Island Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Tidal pools. Solitude. Abandoned lighthouse. Fun currents.
Cons: 
Tidal rips.
Advertisement
Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Low
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: 
Moderate / Class B
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Paddle Description

Paddle Description

Contributor

Burrows Island is located just to the south of Fidalgo Head and the Anacortes Ferry, and it is easily accessed from Washington Park. The trip out is an exciting paddle through the narrow channels separating Burrows Island and Fidalgo Head and Allan Island (privately owned). The currents in these channels can be very strong, and they offer the paddler an opportunity to play in the eddies and tidal rips that often form throughout the route. On the western side of Burrows there is an abandoned lighthouse that can be explored either from the coast or from the trails that lead there from the Cascadia Marine Trail site located on the eastern shores of the island. You'll also have ample opportunity to explore the nearby tide pools.  

Puget Sound Lighthouses

In total, the Puget Sound is home to 19 U.S. lighthouses still standing, not all of which are currently in use. Lighthouses and light stations include (from north to south):

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Map

Field Guide + Map

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(11 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(95 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
7 Members
Who's Done It
4 Members
Submission by
Contributor
54 Adventures Explored
36 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info