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Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay

San Juan Islands

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay

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  • Paddling in the East Sound toward Rosario Resort.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • Rosario Resort in Orcas Island's East Sound.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • The beach at Cascade Bay.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • The beach at Cascade Bay.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • Yachts at Cascade Bay.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • Seabirds along the East Sound shoreline.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • A crab on the beach along the paddle.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • Reflective waters along the paddle.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • Obstruction Pass Beach is a launch-point option for the paddle.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
  • Obstruction Pass Beach is a launch-point option for the paddle.- Orcas Island: Sea Kayaking Obstruction Pass Beach to Cascade Bay
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife. Island Views. Away from the ferry line.
Cons: 
Possible rough waters and/or fog. Boat traffic toward south side of Orcas Island.
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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):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.40 mi (13.52 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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A paddle from Cascade Bay to Obstruction Pass Beach or vice versa is an ideal way to explore the shoreline of Orcas Island’s East Sound. This is also a great paddle option if you’re staying at Orca Island’s Rosario Resort, as you can do a there-and-back from Rosario or launch from Obstruction Pass Beach and end your trip at the Resort.

Between the two sandy beaches of Cascade Bay and Obstruction Pass Beach you’ll pass seals, porpoises, seabirds, and plenty of grand houses and yachts. Also, small beaches dot the shoreline along the route, any of which makes for a secluded landing spot for a lunch and lounging in the sun.

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