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Posey Island Sea Kayaking

San Juan Islands

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Posey Island Sea Kayaking

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  • Cormorants rest on a rock near Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • Posey Island is a small island offering two campsites along the Cascadia Marine Trail.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • A sailbot heads past Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • A sailboat heads toward Stuart Island as seen from Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • Approaching Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • Posey Island landing.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • Posey Island landing.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • A kayak rests on the beaches of Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • Drying gear at one of the campsites.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • Guidebooks and current charts are helpful for navigating the tricky currents around the San Juan Islands.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • One of the campgrounds at Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • A crab leg on the beach at Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • A small crab at Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
  • A rainbow stretches across the sky as seen from Posey Island.- Posey Island Sea Kayaking
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Small island. Close to Roche Harbor. Nice views.
Cons: 
Crowded during summer.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
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
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Posey Island is a small park located right next to Roche Harbor, and it is part of the Cascadia Marine Trail. Although perhaps not a destination in itself, Posey makes a welcome place to stay when making longer trips around the area, specifically those making the trip to Stuart Island and the Gulf Islands. Campsites can be reserved throughout the summer, and because of the small size of the island the maximum number of campers is strictly limited to 16 people. Because of its close proximity to Roche Harbor, the island can attract party-goers during the summer months, but in the fall and winter it offers a nice bit of solitude. Like many of the islands in the San Juans, kayakers often have the entire island to themselves in the off-season.

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