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50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures

06.07.17

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  • Taking a break on Lopez Island on the way to Cattle Pass.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • A kayaker paddles through kelp beds near Cattle Pass.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • A kayaker launches from the Don Armeni Boat ramp on Alki Beach.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • A view of the Olympic Mountains from Golden Gardens Park.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Clark Island's Gooseberry Point is located on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Harbor seals and other wildlife can often be seen near the north end of Lummi Island on the way to Clark Island.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Dolphins and porpoises are commonly seen on the crossing from Lummi Island to Clark Island.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Campsites along the Clark Island beach are equipped with picnic tables and fire grates.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Jellyfish are a common sight along the beaches of Clark Island and the Rosario Strait.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • A Pacific madrone protects the views out over the San Juan Islands.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Paddling adjacent to Marsh Island and WA Highway 520 at Washington Park Arboretum.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Paddling Washington Park Arboretum.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Preparing the TRAK kayaks at Washington Park Arboretum.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Boats in Fox Cove on Sucia Island in the San Juans.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Sunset from Fox Point on Sucia Island.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Reviewing the map before taking off for James Island.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Fires are permitted on James Island unless otherwise posted.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Looking out over the Puget Sound from Jones Island.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Contributor Matthew Williams takes his boat down to the beach at Jones Island.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Getting a great view of both Mount Baker (10,781') and Mount Shuskan (9,127') in the late afternoon sun on Lake Shannon.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Paddling Lake Pateros (Columbia River) in Eastern Washington.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • A large wave sends the bow of the kayak above the horizion in Elliott Bay.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • A cairn sits to the southeast of the Point Wilson Lighthouse, which is visible on paddles outside of Port Townsend.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • View west to the Olympic Mountains and a historic ship harbored at Port Townsend.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • A bald eagle at Dungeness Bay National Wildlife Refuge.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Kayaking in front of the Madan Poseidon in the harbor of Port Angeles.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • The crossing to Stuart Island is notorious for fast currents near Spieden Island and big water on stormy days.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
  • Campfire at Stuart Island.- 50 of Washington's Best Sea Kayaking Adventures
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From an easy paddle through Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum to an overnight trip to Clark Island and so many other routes varying in length and difficulty, these adventures will keep you busy exploring the Evergreen State by water for the foreseeable future.

Working with Outdoor Project Contributors Matthew Williams in Seattle, Shane Kucera out of Portland, and Tyler Yates, now living in Anchorage, we took the TRAK Seeker ST 16 out on the open waters and put it to the test while documenting the best sea kayaking Washington has to offer. In addition, we developed custom Field Guides + Maps for each adventure so you can take to the water prepared and with ease. Click on an adventure below to find and download the individual map.

 

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area

Kayaker near Discovery Park in Seattle. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Northern Puget Sound + San Juan Islands

Sunset view of the San Juan Islands from Fox Point on Sucia Island. Photo by Shane Kucera.

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Southern Puget Sound

View of Mount Rainier (14,411') from Fox Island. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Olympic Peninsula

Kayaker on the Sooes River near Cape Flattery. Photo by Tyler Yates.

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Mount Baker Area

Mount Baker (10,731') from Lake Shannon. Photo by Tyler Yates.

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Eastern Washington

Kayaker on the Columbia River's Lake Pateros. Photo by Tyler Yates.

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