2000 SALTWATER TRIP SCHEDULE

Contributions from Washington Kayak Club and Seattle Sea Kayak Club members.

This list doesn’t contain leader names and phone numbers, partly to protect their privacy. All club members receive a complete trip list. Participation in any of these trips requires membership in SSKC or another local club with which we share reciprocal trip scheduling. Members may also bring guests on trips with the leader’s permission.

 

Date Skill
Level
Description

2/6
Sat

2

LAKE DIABLO FROZEN WATERFALL TOUR.   Paddle to Ross Dam through the canyon searching for frozen waterfalls. Wetsuit recommended.

2/7
Sun

3

SKAGIT RIVER EAGLE FLOAT.   After Diablo’s frozen tour on Saturday stay overnight at Clark’s Cabins in Marblemount and check out the bunnies (really).  Then on Sunday look out for eagles as we paddle/float the Skagit River from Marblemount to Rockport.  Bracing skills and wetsuit/drysuit required.  Bring warm clothing, the water is COLD.  10 miles. Car shuttle required.

3/24-26
Fri-Sun

0

WASHINGTON WATER TRAILS Annual Meeting at the Edmonds Yacht Club. Come aboard for the WWTA Annual Meeting. WWTA mission is to increase recreational opportunities for people with small boats, and environmental stewardship.

Cost:  $35 per person, $40 for late registration. Vegetarian meal option. No host bar.

The main events will be Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th. As well as a paddle on Sunday.  Topics discussed on Saturday include classes on paddling with kids, low impact camping, stewardship and other water trails in the state, a geographic connections board to find folks from your area to paddle with or to get information about local clubs, an archiving project to capture the last 50 years of paddling in the area.  Bring snapshots, memories and stories. We can even tape segments.

Mark your calendars now!  Call WWTA for more information and agenda details.

3/26
Sun

2

EDMONDS and POSSESSION SOUND. After enjoying the Saturday night festivities at the WWTA 2000 Annual Meeting in Edmonds, see one of the Cascadia Marine Trail sites for yourself.  Paddle from Bracketts Landing to the Meadowdale CMT site, and on to Picnic Point County Park if the weather is good  Why wouldn’t it be?  Paddle approx. 8-10 NM.

3/31
Fri

2-3

EBEY ISLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION.  Come paddle the wilds of Everett quiet, uninhabited channels, bird sanctuary / wildlife preserve, and the dark industrial underbelly of our neighbor to the north.  Paddle approx 15 miles.

4/1-16
Sat-Sun
2 weeks+

3

BAHAMAS - EAST COAST of ANDROS ISLAND.  Our fourth paddling trip in the Bahamas.  Paddle along the third longest barrier reef in the world from Morgan’s Bluff in the north to Kemps Bay in the south.  Andros the largest island in the Bahamas, is sparely populated, heavily wooded with palms, pines and mahogany trees, etc.  Enjoy miles of unspoiled beaches, numerous bights, small cay and islets.  Opportunities abound for snorkeling, bird watching, beachcombing and visiting small Bahamian villages.

4/2
Sun

3

GUEMES ISLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION.  Launch from Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes at 10 AM.  Approx 16 miles.  Limit 6.

4/8
Sat

3

MAURY ISLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION.  Start in East Passage, pass Point Robinson lighthouse and end in protected Quartermaster Harbor.  Can be rough on outside if windy. Approx. 12 miles.

4/9
Sun

2

DABOB BAY OYSTER FEST.  Launch at Point Whitney Shellfish Lab, gather oysters on a minus tide at Tabook Point or Red Bluff (depending on wind).  Roast ’em and/or eat ’em raw!  (Tabasco optional.)  Shellfish permit required.  Paddle up to 8 miles.

4/15
Sat

0

NORTHWEST OUTDOOR CENTER OPEN HOUSE.  Annual Open House at NWOC on Saturday from 10 AM 6 PM.  Semi-annual sale of new boats and gear runs April 8-16.  Free seminars, on-water instruction and paddling information available.

4/15
Sat

2

TAX DAY PADDLE on MYSTERY BAY.   Launch from Fort Flagler State Park.  Get over the stress of tax season by paddling away your worries.  Enjoy a day out on the water.

4/18
Tues

2+

MIDWEEK FULL MOON PADDLE.   Launch from Houghton Beach in Kirkland.  Flashlights required.   Enjoy a paddle on Lake Washington under the moonlight.

4/20
Thur

2

LAKE UNION PADDLE.   Come out for an evening paddle on Lake Union, explore the houseboats, Gasworks Park and more.  Call leader for meeting time and place.

4/23
Sun

2

NORTH SHORE of LAKE SAMMAMISH.  Explore the shores of the lake before the motor boats and jet skis are out there.

4/23
Sun

2-3

SEQUIM BAY.  Paddle the area around and lagoons of Sequim Bay.  Enjoy the sights and scenes of the Olympic Peninsula.

4/29
Sat

1+

DES MOINES to SEAHURST.  Put in at the Des Moines Beach park and paddle to Seahurst County Park. Round trip 6-9 miles.

4/29
Sat

2+

KEY PENINSULA.   Experience the Key Peninsula (South Sound) from the water.  Paddle from Joemma State Park on the west side of the peninsula, and around the southern tip.  Continue north along the East side, through Pitt Passage,  to Penrose State Park.  Approx: 12 miles.  Sometimes the weather is fantastic, sometimes not.

4/29-30
Sat-Sun

3

YELLOW ISLAND.  Wheel on at Anacortes and ride the ferry to San Juan Island.  Launch from Friday Harbor and paddle 7 miles to Jones Island to camp.  On the return paddle we will stop to see the spring wildflowers at the Nature Conservancy’s Yellow Island, before returning to Friday Harbor.  Limit 8.

4/29-30
Sat-Sun 

0

11th ANNUAL SEATTLE PADDLE FEST WEEKEND.  Come down to Stan Sayres Park and check out the canoes and kayaks.  This is a great opportunity to paddle a wide variety of different boats.  Saturday is Canoe Day, Sunday is Kayak Day.  10:00 - 4:00 pm.  Cost $10 per person.   Volunteers needed to help with events and instructors needed to teach a 1 hour intro class.  Entry fee waived for volunteers.  Contact Judy to volunteer. Profits donated to WWTA and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

4/30
Sun

1

SAMMAMISH SLOUGH.  A slow-paced paddle down the slough, 13 miles from Redmond, near Marymoor Park, to Kenmore.  Car shuttle necessary.

5/3
Wed

2

WEDNESDAY EVENING LAKE PADDLE-MOUNT BAKER BEACH.  Relax as we paddle from Mt. Baker Beach (south of I-90 bridge) to Seward Park and back.

5/4
Thur

3

HOOD CANAL BRIDGE to “HOLE in the WALL” or MATS MATS.  Paddle in search of the wiley  Spartina. The trip is 12 NM and usually pleasant. Submarine sightings are a possibility.

5/6
Sat

3

HOOD CANAL SERIES - UNION to HOODSPORT.  Spend the summer paddling Hood Canal and exploring the area.

5/7
Sun

2

MERCER SLOUGH.  A morning paddle to get out early and enjoy the wildlife.  Launch at 9:00 am.

5/7
Sun

2

BLACK RIVER.  Easy river south of Olympia with its own resident osprey. This trip requires a car shuttle. Skill Level 3 if river is at high water.

5/8
Mon

1

CUTTS ISLAND CRAB and CLAM BAKE POTLUCK.  Paddle to Cutts Island for gathering clams and crab and cook out on the beach. Bring potluck lunch. Good time for bottom watching with the low tide.  Shellfish license required for gathering.

5/10
Wed

2

PIZZA PADDLE on LAKE WASHINGTON.   Come enjoy an evening paddle on the lake.  Flashlights required.  Bring money for pizza dinner afterwards at Pegasus Pizza in Kirkland.  Call by May 3 for launch time and info.

5/13
Sat

2

NORTH END of LAKE WASHINGTON.  Enjoy a Saturday on the lake, before the motor boats get out there.  Paddle from Denny Park across to Matthews Beach.

5/13
Sat

1

BLACK RIVER.  Paddle this river just south of Olympia to lunch spot and return.  No shuttle required.  Canoes and kayaks welcome.  Sign up by Thur May 11.

5/13-14
Sat-Sun

3

HOPE and SKAGIT ISLAND OVERNIGHT.  Come out for a weekend excursion exploring these islands near Deception Pass. We will launch Saturday morning from the Coronet Bay area of Deception Pass State Park, explore Skagit Island and have lunch, and then move on to Hope Island where we will camp Saturday night. Sunday, we will circumnavigate Hope Island and will return Sunday afternoon. Total paddling distance will be about 8 to 10 miles. No signups before April 1st.

5/18
Thur

2+

MIDWEEK EVENING PADDLE - FULL MOON.  Launch from Houghton Beach in Kirkland. Paddle north to Juanita Bay, stopping at Moss Bay for ice cream on the way back.

5/19-21
Fri-Sun

3

KAYAK the HANFORD REACH.  Scenic heart of the Columbia’s last free-flowing reach: see it while it  lasts! Friday evening car-camp at Vantage.  Saturday launch at Vernita Bridge & river-camp at White Bluff Landing.  Sunday take out at Ringold Hatchery.  Paddle total of 33 river miles.

5/19-21
Fri-Sun

1-2

BASIC SEA KAYAK TRAINING.  For those interested in getting an in-depth introduction to sea kayaking. The class will be held at Bowman Bay, in Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island.  Cost $50 person. Sign up early.  Class size is limited.

Topics to include:   Introduction to the Kayak, Bracing, Wet Exit and Re-entry, Tides, Currents and Navigation, Hypothermia, Marine Hazards, Safety Equipment, Signaling Devices, Padding in Traffic, Self and Group Rescue, Equipment and Clothing.

5/20-21
Sat-Sun

1-5

SAN JUAN CHALLENGE.  Anacortes is the site for this exciting two day, 40 mile sea kayak race.  A mini 14 mile challenge race is also held.  Starts from Cap Sante park in Anacortes.   Check out www.sjcraceandexpo.org for more info.

5/20
Sat

2

CIRCUMNAVIGATE FOX ISLAND.  This is a 13 mile paddle in south sound.

5/21
Sun

3

CHUCKANUT BAY.  Paddle Larrabee State Park to Fairhaven and return.  Explore the bay with its fossilized tree trunks.  Total 10-12 miles.

5/27-29
Sat-Mon

3

PADDLE SKAMOKAWAOn the Columbia River between I-5 and Astoria. Paddle in the protected slough, cross usually windy river and visit islands and side streams.  Third day paddling or exploring on your own.  Boat rentals available at the Paddle Center. Great group accommodations (2 nights) indoors.  Camping may be available.

5/28
Sun

1+

NISQUALLY DELTA.  Migratory birds and resident seals and sea lions will be our companions on the quiet exploration of the delta.

6/3
Sat

1

WYKOFF SHOALS.   Explore the shores on this extra low tide day (-3.4 foot low tide).  Sign up by Thur June 1. 

6/3
Sat

2+

ANNUAL CRAB FEST-SADDLEBAG ISLAND.  Round trip paddle approximately 5 miles. Paddle from March Point (near Anacortes) to Saddlebag Island. Stalk the elusive Dungeness Crab.  Return to March Point for potluck Crab Feed.

6/3
Sat

3

HOOD CANAL SERIES - TRITON COVE to PLEASANT HARBOR.  Spend the summer paddling Hood Canal and exploring the area.

6/4
Sun

2-3

HAMMERSLY INLET.  Enjoy the late morning ebb tide ride from Shelton out to Hope Island for lunch and a stroll.  Return on the flood tide.   Six mile long passage.

6/7
Wed

2

WEDNESDAY EVENING PADDLE.  Launch in Lake Union and have time to paddle through the Arboretum before it gets dark.

6/10
Sat

1

STEILACOOM COOKOFF/POTLUCK.  Paddle from Sunnyside Beach Park to Saltars Point. Kayakers are invited to paddle, then participate in the cookoff.   Bring camp stoves to prepare dishes on site. Prizes awarded.  Sign up by Thursday, June 8.

6/10-11
Sat-Sun

3

SPENCER SPIT TO ORCAS ISLAND.   Paddle to Orcas Island from Lopez.  Camp at walk-in campground.

6/10-11
Sat-Sun

3

CIRCUMNAVIGATE BAINBRIDGE ISLAND.  A counterclockwise paddle around the island.  Approximately 12 miles each day.  Start at Fort Ward Park, then camp at Fay Bainbridge Park. Next day ride current through Agate Passage and complete the loop.

6/10-11
Sat-Sun

3

PELICAN BEACH.  Launch at the Guemes ferry.  Paddle with current assist.  Possible Bioluminescence.  Watch dogfish swarm past beach after sunset.  Camp at Pelican Beach.

6/10-22

3

MISSOURI RIVER.  Retrace the path of Lewis and Clark on this exploratory trip.  Dates tentative.

6/11
 Sat

4

NISQUALLY RIVER Yelm Power Plant to Lumr Beach.  This is a trip for whitewater kayakers that is also flat water paddle.  We will run the last 10 miles of the river then enter a cross the delta.  This trip was very diverse wildlife and water conditions.  Car shuttle, river skills and wet suit or dry suit required.  Short recreational or touring kayaks recommended.  Date subject to change due to flow level.

6/13
Tues

3

CIRCUMNAVIGATE GUEMES ISLAND. Put in at Anacortes Guemes Ferry dock and paddle approx. 15 miles.  Expect wind and current.

6/17
Sat

2

SUMMER CELEBRATION PICNIC and FULL MOON NIGHT PADDLE. At Golden Gardens Park. Meet at 7 PM for potluck dinner.   Paddle after sunset. Advanced signup and flashlights required.

6/17-18
Sat-Sun

3

LUMMI ISLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION.  Launch from Gooseberry Point at 10 AM.  Camp at DNR site.  Cascadia Marine Trail permit or $7 required for camping.  Limit 6.

6/17-18
Sat-Sun

4

DESTRUCTION ISLAND and LaPUSH Surf.   Saturday - enjoy surf kayaking off LaPush.  Sunday paddle approximately 7 n.m., leaving from Kalaloch.    Wetsuit, helmet and roll required.

6/17-25
Sat-Sun

3-4

EXPLORE THE GULF ISLANDS.  You’ve been to the San Juans, why not check out the Gulf Islands?  Spend a week touring the northern and central islands.   Exploratory trip planned.

6/18
Sun

2

SADDLEBAG ISLAND.  Launch from Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes. Paddle 3 miles to the island for lunch and return. Limit of 10.

6/23-25
Fri-Sun

1-2

BASIC SEA KAYAK TRAINING.  For those interested in getting an in-depth introduction to sea kayaking. The class will be held at Bowman Bay, in Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island.  Cost $50 person. Sign up early.  Class size is limited.

Topics to include:   Introduction to the Kayak, Bracing, Wet Exit and Re-entry, Tides, Currents and Navigation, Hypothermia, Marine Hazards, Safety Equipment, Signaling Devices, Padding in Traffic, Self and Group Rescue, Equipment and Clothing.

6/23
Fri

3

VASHON ISLAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION.   Paddle 24 mile steady-paced day paddle, not as hard as you might think.

6/24
Sat

2+

KETRON ISLAND.  Put in at Sunnyside Park.  Paddle around Ketron Island, checking out the shoreline.  Bracing skills required.  Round trip is 6 miles.

6/22-25
Thur-Sun

3-4

SAN JUAN ISLANDS EXPLORATION.   Wheel on Anacortes.  Start our paddle in Friday Harbor to Shaw Island, then down west coast of Lopez Island.  Camping at Shaw Island then Griffin Bay.   Extra day to explore American Camp.  Strong paddling skills and wheels required. Limit 6.

6/25-28
Sun-Wed

3

SUCIA ISLAND.  Put in north side of Orcas Island.  Camp 3 nights at beautiful Sucia Island.  Take one-day trips to Patos Island and Matia Island and explore Sucia.  Limit 8 boats. Be prepared for strong currents and wind.

6/30-7/4
Fri-Mon

4

OLYMPIC COAST - LaPUSH to CEDAR CREEK.  Day trips to Shi Shi Beach.  Must have helmets, roll and wet or drysuit.

7/1
Sat

3

HOOD CANAL SERIES - PLEASANT HARBOR to QUILCENE.  Spend the summer paddling Hood Canal and exploring the area.

7/9
Sun

2

McMICKEN ISLAND.  Launch from Joemma Beach State Park.  Explore coves and lagoons of Case Inlet, with lunch at McMicken Island Marine Park.

7/13
Thur

2

LAKE UNION PADDLE - FULL MOON PADDLE.   Come out to enjoy the summer moon on Lake.  Call leader for meeting time and place.

7/14-25
Fri-Mon

3

NOOTKA SOUND.    Explore Nootka Sound along the Vancouver West Coast.  Return to the put-in on the MV Uchuck.  Spare paddle, wetsuit/drysuit/ throw bag required.

7/15
Sat

2

SOUTH SOUND.  Put in at at Heron Island Ferry dock, at Long Branch Peninsula.  Paddle approx.12-15 miles to Stretch Island to McMicken Island and return.

7/15
Sat

1-2

KAYAK THE “GRAND CANAL” - OCEAN SHORES.  Accommodations for 6-8 at Marty’s cabin in Copalis.  Overflow accommodations available at public campground.

7/16
Sun

2

FULL MOON PADDLE.  Come out and enjoy a warm summer evening on Lake Washington.  Explore the Kirkland waterfront with moonlight overhead.  Lights on boats required.  Call for launch time and place.

7/18
Tue

2

DESSERT PADDLE.   Mid-week evening paddle on Lake Washington from Houghton Beach, Kirkland. Bring a dessert to share, then paddle in South Cove.

7/22-23
Sat-Sun

2-3

LARRABEE STATE PARK. Launch Saturday at 10:30 a.m, paddle north to Chuckanut Bay (bring lunch) and return.  Opportunity to paddle Sunday also.

Paddlers are responsible for own overnight accommodations at the park. Skill level is wind-dependent. Camping reservations:   http://www.parks.wa.gov/faxreq.htm

7/22-8/6
Sat-Sun
2 weeks+

4

SE ALASKA, KAKE to WRANGELL VIA KUIU ISLAND and SUMNER STRAIT.   Join us in exploring this pristine wilderness area. Put in at the historic Indian Village of Kake. Abundant wildlife, seals, humpback whales, eagles, seabirds, etc. Visit ancient Indian sites, beachcomb unspoiled beaches, enjoy long summer evenings with spectacular sunsets.

7/29
Sat

3

HOOD CANAL SERIES - SEABECK to KITSAP.  Spend the summer paddling Hood Canal and exploring the area.

7/29-30
Sat/Sun

3+

WASHINGTON PARK to DOE ISLAND.  A quick overnight trip, paddling from Washington Park in Anacortes, to Doe Island, near Orcas Island.  Catch the afternoon flood north to camp on Doe Island and return with the morning ebb.  Optional hot tub and vegetarian restaurant 15 minutes away in Doe Bay.  Nine miles each way, at a 3 knot pace.  Wetsuit/drysuit required. Afternoon winds could test our paddling skills.

7/29-30
Sat/Sun

3

LONG ISLAND / WILLAPA BAY. Paddle 2 days with overnight camping on Long Island oyster fry & BYOB. Paddling and hiking itinerary subject to weather conditions.

8/5
Sat

3

CIRCUMNAVIGATE INDIAN ISLAND.  Come paddle around Indian Island on the Olympic Peninsula.

8/4-6
Fri-Sun

3-4

WASHINGTON PARK to SPENCER SPIT.  Launch from Washington Park at 8 a.m -  approx 7 miles each way.  Paddlers must be comfortable crossing Rosario Strait.  Cascadia Marine Trail permit or $7 for camping. Limit 6.

8/6
Sun

2

PENN COVE on WHIDBEY ISLAND.  Launch at Captain Thomas Coupeville Park.  Explore Coupeville’s historic waterfront and the lagoons of Penn Cove.

8/12-13
Sat-Sun

3

HOOD CANAL SERIES - UNION to BELFAIR.  Spend the summer paddling Hood Canal and exploring the area.  Car camping at Twanoh State Park.

8/13
Sat

2

PORT TOWNSEND AREA.  Explore the waterfront Port Townsend to old Port Townsend.  Camp at nearby campground, and enjoy a full moon paddle at night.

8/19
Sat

2

HENDERSON INLET.  Launch at Boston Harbor, north of Olympia and paddle to Henderson Inlet and return.  See zillions of seals and marine wildlife.  Stop for lunch and explore the waterfront. Return with a short side trip into Fishtrap Bay.  About 8 miles.

8/19-20
Sat-Sun

2-4

PACIFIC BEACH SURF FEST.  Babbette’s Annual Sun and Surf Frolic at Pacific Beach State Park.  Sun, sand and surf to enjoy. Potluck feast Sat night.  Wine and candlelight. Brown pelicans and wildlife (besides the crazy wave surfers) on the beach. Good for beginners to advanced surfers.  Creek to paddle if you don’t want to surf.  Wetsuit/drysuit/helmet required for surfing, both whitewater and sea kayaks.   Call Reservations NW (800)452-5687 for campsite. Group # 532693. Call early!

8/26-28
Sat-Mon

3-4

SUCIA, PATOS, AND MATIA ISLANDS.  Join us for a long weekend in these far north jewels of the San Juan Islands, famed for their intricate geology. We will take an early Saturday morning ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island, drive to the north end of Orcas and launch from North Beach. We will establish a base camp at the WWTA campsite on Sucia Island and spend the weekend exploring Sucia and her sister islands. We will camp on Sucia for two nights and return on Monday afternoon. Experienced paddlers only. No signups before July 15th.

8/27
Sun

2+

MAURY ISLAND.  Circumnavigate Maury Island from Quartermaster Harbor, Dockton and Point Robinson Light.

8/27-9/2
Sun-Sat

3-4

BROKEN GROUP.  Explore the many islands in Barkley Sound.  Paddle 10-15 miles per day.  Wetsuit/drysuit and kayak camping experience required.

9/8-10
Fri-Sun

2+

6th ANNUAL FALL FUNFEST at FORT FLAGLER.  Two paddles planned, but destination is weather dependent.  One to Port Townsend for the Wooden Boat Show, followed by Saturday night potluck.  Friday night dinner at Ajax Café. No host dinner, reservations are for 7:30 pm.  Overnight stay in the old Army barracks.  Must pre-register and send $20 deposit for housing by August 15.

9/8-11
Fri-Mon

3

SUCIA ISLAND.   The summer crowds are gone and now is the time for the annual migration to the best island in the San Juans.  Day paddles to Matia and Patos islands. Plenty of hiking trails on Sucia to explore.  Possible wind and current conditions.

9/9
Sat

1-2

STRETCH ISLAND.  Paddle to Stretch Island from Vaughn Bay.  Tour the Island Bell vineyard and Mosquito Fleet Museum.

9/9-10
Sat-Sun

2-3

LUMMI ISLAND.    It’s an almost full moon - should be nice. The DNR campsite is wonderful.

9/9-16
Sat-Sat

3-4

LAKE CHELAN.  Paddle from the desert to the mountains as we paddle most of the length of Lake Chelan. Paddle 3 days each way with a day in Stehikin for hiking, etc.  Possible windy conditions.  Wetsuit/drysuit and kayak camping experience required.

9/10-16
Sun-Sat

3

LAKE ROOSEVELT KETTLE FALLS.  Paddle the upper portion of Lake Roosevelt, Kettle Falls to Fort Spokane in beautiful Eastern Washington. Paddle 55 miles “door to door”.  Exploratory trips may add more miles.  Afternoon winds can test your paddling skills.  Call leader for meeting location.

9/15-17
Fri-Sun

0

WEST COAST SEA KAYAK SYMPOSIUM.  Held at Fort Warden, near town of Port Townsend, this symposium has attracted hundreds of paddlers.  Good opportunity to try new equipment, demo boats, attend seminars, meet new paddling friends. Check out web site: http://www.gopaddle.org

9/23
Sat

2

CELEBRATE AUTUMN: EVERETT TO MARYSVILLE VIA EBEY SLOUGH.  Meet at Langois Beachfront Park on Snohomish River. Car shuttle required. “Optional” dinner after in Marysville.  Call for launch time.

9/24
Sun

2

KAYAK POINT.  Explore the area east of Camano Island, heading south possibly as far as Tulalip Bay

9/30
Sat

3

CHUCKANUT BAY.  Launch from Wildcat Cove, just north of Larrabee State Park and paddle north to Chuckanut Bay.  Eat lunch on Chuckanut Island and explore the bay before the return to Wildcat Cove.  Round trip is 5+ miles. Limit 10.

10/7
Sat

2

CAPITOL LAKE, OLYMPIA.  Paddle around Capitol Lake in Tumwater.  A freshwater paddle on a beautiful fall day.  Watch those spawning salmon at close range.  Call for meeting time and location.  Check out the new restaurant and feast on nachos.

10/7-8
Sat-Sun

1-2

BAKER LAKE - FALL LEAVES, KAYAK AND CAMPING.  Winds can create large waves on this lake.  Be prepared to paddle one way and return via car shuttle.  If weather turns bad, hot springs are nearby!  Call for directions and launch time.  Sign up by Thursday Oct 5.

10/14
Sat

3+

HOOD CANAL BRIDGE to KINGSTON.  Finish off the Hood Canal Series by meeting at Kingston for Car Shuttle.  Launch at Salisbury Park (east side of Hood Canal Bridge), paddle around Foulweather Bluff.  Lunch stop at Point No Point, end at Kingston.  20 miles.  Exploratory, early start and fast pace best describe this paddle.

10/22
Sun

2+

SKOKOMISH DELTA.  Paddle in the estuary on the incoming tide.  See lots of birds and marine wildlife, amid early fall colors.  About 4-5 hours out on the water.

10/28
Sat

1

HALLOWEEN PADDLE - SOUND SOUTH.  Come in costumes and decorated boats.  Paddle in Gig Harbor, then stop for dinner at Shoreline restaurant.  Call for meeting place and time.

10/31
Tues

2

HALLOWEEN PADDLE - LAKE UNION.  Trick or Treat around the houseboats.  Come in costume and decorate your boat. Flashlights required.   Meet at 5:30 PM at the Boat Ramp on Sunnyside Ave, just East of Gasworks Park.

11/4
Sat

2+

CASE INLET.  Launch at Allyn. Enjoy the fall colors and jumping salmon as we explore North bay.  After a quick nature break back in Allyn, we will paddle to Stretch Island for lunch.  Approximately 11 miles.

11/4
Sat

2

McCALISTER CREEK - NISQUALLY DELTA.  Ride the flood up the creek, ride the ebb back. It is the time to glide over spawning Chum.   Email:  marlla@aol.com

11/4
Sat

1+

HOOD CANAL.  Explore the end of Hood Canal. The high tide should allow us to explore these waters. When I was there this summer the tide was too low but looked like there was a lot of potential. We saw osprey, herons and seals - don't know what winter will bring. Exploratory. Catch the 0925 Southworth ferry or meet at Belfair State Park at 11am.  --Dede  Email: dchinlund@earthlink.net.

11/25
Sat

2

DUNGENESS SPIT.  Paddle Cline Spit to Dungeness Lighthouse.  Stop for lunch, then return for supper at the Three Crabs restaurant.  Dungeness Spit is a National Wildlife Reserve. 

11/26
Sun

3

PROTECTION ISLAND or SEQUIM BAY.  After working off some of the Thanksgiving stuffing with Babs on Saturday, camp overnight at Sequim Bay State Park (or indulge in the motel just down the highway).  Circumnavigate Protection Island if the weather is calm or explore the sandspits at the entrance to Sequim Bay if weather is bad.  Paddle approx 7 to 10 miles.

12/?
Early in Month

2

CHRISTMAS SHIP PADDLE - LAKE UNION.  Decorate your boats and follow the other boats behind the Christmas ship.  Wear your Santa Hat.  Lights required.  Meet at the Sunnyside Boat Ramp.

12/?
Later in Month

2

CHRISTMAS SHIP PADDLE - KIRKLAND.  Ho Ho Ho, jolly paddlers needed to accompany the Christmas Ship carolers.  Lights, antlers and jingle bells are encouraged.  We’ll launch in Kirkland and meet the Christmas ships for the holiday concert.  Dress warm and bring lights or glow sticks for your boat.  Call for exact meeting place.

2/3/2001
Sat

2-3

FROZEN WATERFALL PADDLE.  Paddle from Lake Diablo through the canyon to Ross Dam for lunch, and experience the 500 foot icicles.  Dress warmly.  Wetsuit/drysuit strongly recommended.

Revised: 12-Oct-2000


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