Luhr Beach to Anderson Island

Launch Point

Luhr Beach

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Max Difficulty:  SK III
Paddle Length/Time  10.6 nm/ 11 sm / 4 hours
Tide/Current Station  DuPont Warf / Nisqually Reach
Destination Carlson Bay, Andrew Anderson Marine Park


NOTE:  A Vehicle Use Permit issued by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is required for parking at Luhr Beach

Canoeists, kayakers, and small boaters should beware of hazardous tides, shallow waters, wind, and weather conditions around the Nisqually Delta. There is a boat speed restriction of 5mph in all Refuge waters

Launch from Luhr Beach boat ramp, check the tides there can be as much as a 14' tidal exchange.  It may be impossible to return to Luhr beach at extreme low tide - plan wisely. 

Paddle NW across the Nisqually Flats to Anderson Island, if you want a longer paddle you can go further into Oro Bay before heading toward Carlson Bay.  There is a Washington Water Trails Campsite at Carlson, you must be a Water Trails member and have approval prior top camping rest stops or picnicking is OK.  You can either retrace your route on the return or cross Nisqually Reach and return to Luhr Beach.  There are numerous seals in the area.  Nisqually is also a bird sanctuary and there are many varieties of birds in the area.


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