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San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking

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Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking

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  • A view of the water from the town of Friday Harbor.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • The rare egg-yolk jellyfish (Phacellorphora camtschatica).- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Boats in Friday Harbor.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking Friday Harbor.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Homes along the shoreline.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Boats in Friday Harbor.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking Friday Harbor.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Jellyfish in the water.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • A view into Friday Harbor.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
  • Boats in Friday Harbor.- San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Expansive views. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Boat traffic.
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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):
Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Friday Harbor is both an exciting and relaxing paddle. The area’s rocky shoreline is dotted with nice homes if you want to stay close to the shore to view the real estate. For those who prefer nature to the man-made sights, you’ll be rewarded with views of eagles, jellyfish, seals, porpoises and a broad range of other flying and swimming creatures.

Friday Harbor is a quaint and welcoming town with a population of just more than 2,000 people, and it offers plenty of good options for food and beverages after a day of paddling. For those that like to canoe or kayak in the warmer weather, this area is best in July or August when the average temperature is closer to the high 60s and low 70s; from May to September the average temperate ranges between highs in the mid 60s to lows in the mid 40s. The town is named after the native Hawaiian Joseph Poalie Friday. Friday worked for the Hudson's Bay Company in the mid 1800s, when the company was the controlling entity in the area.

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