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Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking

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Southern Puget Sound, Washington

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Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking

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  • A kayaker pulls his boat onto the beach at Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Deer frequent the orchards on Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayak sits on the beach at Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • A fly fisherman casts his line off the coast of Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Bags of gear on a table at one of the campsites.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • The island offers spacious campsites only a short walk from the beach.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Hope Island offers 2 miles of hiking trails.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayak sits on the beach at Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • During low tides, you can walk around the entire island on the beaches.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • The beaches of Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Footprints on the beach at Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Barnacles line the fallen trees along the beaches of the island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Kayakers paddle along the beaches of Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Sea anemones along the coast- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Informative signs along the trails on Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Kayakers paddle along the beaches of Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Mussel shells on the beaches- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • The caretaker's cabin.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Deer frequent the orchards on Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Hope Island- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') can be seen from the beaches of Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
  • One of the camps on Hope Island.- Hope Island State Park Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Old-growth forests. Solitude. Easy access.
Cons: 
No fresh water on the island.
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Region:
Southern 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: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Hope Island is a hidden gem in the Puget Sound. While kayakers flock to the San Juans during the summer months, the South Sound and Hope Island remains relatively unknown. The park, once privately owned, can be accessed from a number of different places throughout the South Sound. Paddlers can choose to launch from Arcadia Point, Carlyon Beach Park, Oakland Bay Marina, or Boston Harbor depending on the desired length of the trip.

The park offers long beaches and miles of trails with informative signs that describe the flora and fauna of the island environment. Deer can be found grazing in the orchard on the south side of the island near the cottage where the island caretaker stays. From Hope Island, paddlers can explore the Pickering Passage, the Hammersly Inlet, or circumnavigate the remote Squaxin Island Reservation before returning to camp to enjoy great views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding islands.  

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