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Clark Island Sea Kayaking

San Juan Islands

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • Gooseberry Point is located on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Clark Island is dwarfed by Orcas Island in the distance.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Kayakers paddling near the north side of Lummi Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Great blue herons and other marine birds can often be seen near the north end of Lummi Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Harbor seals are often seen near the north end of Lummi Island on the way to Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Harbor seals and other wildlife can often be seen near the north end of Lummi Island on the way to Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • The eastern side of Clark Island offers a long beach with a variety of campsites.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Dolphins and porpoises are commonly seen on the crossing from Lummi Island to Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Campsites along the beach are equipped with picnic tables and fire grates.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Large shipping vessels make their way through the Rosario Strait.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • A crab shell sits on a piece of driftwood at Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Cormorants dry their wings on the northern side of Lummi Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Madrone trees dot the hillsides of Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Mount Baker (10,781') can be seen from campsites along the eastern beach of Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Jellyfish are a common sight along the beaches of Clark Island and the Rosario Strait.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker carries his boat along the eastern shore of Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Rose hips line the pathways throughout Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • Clark Island offers numerous places to relax and take in the views of the surrounding islands.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • One of the many beachside campsites along the eastern shore of Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • A man walks along the long eastern beach of Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • One of several benches along the coastline of Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • A camper reads in his tent as the light fades on Clark Island.- Clark Island Sea Kayaking
  • - Clark Island Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Solitude. Whale watching. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Can be crowded in peak season.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Shuttle required: 
No
Total Distance: 
6.90 mi (11.10 km)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Water difficulty: 
Moderate / Class B
Water temperature: 
32.00 °F (0.00 °C)
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Clark Island State Park is a remote marine park located approximately 5 miles to the west of Lummi Island. The paddle begins by launching from Gooseberry Point near Fisherman's Cove Marina and crossing over to the northern side of Lummi Island. Keep an eye out for curious harbor seals, porpoises, and whales as you approach the northern side of Lummi Island. Take a breather among the rocks that dot the coastline of Lummi Island and prepare for the exposed crossing to Clark Island.

Depending on weather and currents, this crossing can vary greatly in difficulty, and it should not be taken lightly.  Paddlers should have a strong understanding of weather and currents when attempting the crossing between Lummi Island and Clark Island. It is not uncommon for conditions to change suddenly in this area. The use of a VHF radio is recommended to monitor shipping traffic.

Clark Island is a stunning, skinny island that offers 15 campsites all along the eastern shore and a handful of picnic areas along the western shore. Be sure to check out the intertidal areas along the southern end of the island or find one of the several benches along the bluffs to watch the sunset and take in a view of Mount Baker and Lummi Island. There are two composting toilets on the island, but no running water. Clark Island is a popular spot for kayakers continuing on to the northern islands of Sucia, Matia, and Patos.

Before you head out on your next sea kayaking adventure to Clark Island, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to essentials to get you started:

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