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San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking

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Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • A view to the Cattle Point Lighthouse, built in 1935.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking in the rain.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • A view west on the foggy Cattle Point shoreline.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • Cattle Point: Great blue heron (Ardea herodias).- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • An orca off the Cattle Point coastline with the Olympic Mountain Range in the distance.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • Cattle Point: Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani).- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • Abundant wildlife in the Cattle Point area.- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • Cattle Point: Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus).- San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
  • - San Juan Island: Cattle Point Sea Kayaking
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Pros: 
Abundant wildlife. Whale watching. Great views.
Cons: 
Limited parking. Requires ferry access.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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San Juan Island’s Cattle Point is located on Cape San Juan, which is on the southeastern tip of the island. Paddling between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Griffin Bay, you’ll have expansive views of the rocky shorelines and the Cattle Point Lighthouse – one of the most photographed lighthouses in the state of Washington. For the wildlife enthusiast, this could possibly be one of the best paddling areas in the Pacific Northwest: eagles and other birds of prey, whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, jellyfish and a variety of other sights are abundant in this location. Nearly a mile off shore, you’ll find a large rock almost completely covered by sea lions; if you paddle out to this area, be sure to keep an eye out for the commuting ferries and other large shipping and fishing vessels.

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