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Number of days
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Motorized watercraft allowed?
Yes
Water difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
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Smallpox Bay to Deadman Bay is a paddle filled with sights to see. Looking to the west across Haro Straight you will likely see orcas and porpoises, along with a number of large shipping and fishing vessels. Along the shoreline you can find seals playing among the kelp, a variety of starfish, and the Lime Kiln State Park Lighthouse. If you are looking for a unique experience while you’re out kayaking, try eating a piece of the large kelp growing everywhere along this route—it’s a bit salty with a nice crunch to it—and don’t worry, the locals eat it all the time. 

While there is considerable boat traffic in this area, the large vessels stay further out to sea. Waves are not bad for kayaking thanks to the deep waters off of the shoreline cliffs.  These boats will also make it easy to spot the whales during the months they are in the San Juan Islands, as the whale watching tour boats follow pods as they travel (while maintaining the mandatory distance of at least 200 yards).

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Whale watching and other sea life. Edible kelp. Lighthouse.

Cons

Short warm-weather season.

Address

San Juan Park Rd
15
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
United States

Features

Fishing
Picnic tables
Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching
Wildlife

Site characteristics: Water

Sound/Strait

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

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