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Portage Island Paddle

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Portage Island Paddle

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  •  Portage and the Lummi Peninsula. - Portage Island Paddle
  • Great blue heron in flight.- Portage Island Paddle
  • Great blue heron hunting.- Portage Island Paddle
  • Caspian tern.- Portage Island Paddle
  • East side of Portage Island.- Portage Island Paddle
  • View of Bellingham Bay.- Portage Island Paddle
  • East shore of Portage Island.- Portage Island Paddle
  • Resting gulls.- Portage Island Paddle
  • Turkey vulture.- Portage Island Paddle
  •  Portage and the Lummi Peninsula. - Portage Island Paddle
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Abundant wildlife. Island explorations. Solitude.
Cons: 
Subject to tides and surf. Limited parking.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
48.716065, -122.651269
Shuttle required: 
No
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
48.716065, -122.651269
Total Distance: 
6.50 mi (10.46 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Water difficulty: 
Moderate / Class B
Water temperature: 
54.00 °F (12.22 °C)
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Everyone knows about the stunning San Juan Islands, but you'll find little traffic around Portage Island in Bellingham Bay. This uninhabited island is part of the Lummi Native American Tribal lands, and it offers a great place to paddle and explore. Much of the island has accessible beaches for a rest or picnic.  

The roughly 6.5-mile trip features views of Mount Baker, Lummi Island, the San Juan Islands, and the beautiful waters of Puget Sound. Expect a variety of wildlife encounters, including sea lions, seals, bald eagles, vultures, and numerous species of shorebirds, crabs, and fish. 

The small parking lot is at the end Portage Point (though you can also put in at Gooseberry Point near the Lummi Island Ferry terminal). You can actually walk out to Portage Island from this point during low tide (so watch your rutter). Check the tides, and bring snacks and lots of water. Portage Bay is a shallow tidal flat that features a spit of land called Brant Point. In addition to hosting resting shorebirds, Brant Point is a good place to portage your kayak or paddleboard for a shortcut.

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