Arcadia to Shelton

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Max Difficulty:  SK V for currents
Paddle Length/Time 14.6 nm / 16.8 sm / 5 hours
Tide/Current Station Arcadia / Libby Pt (1881) & Skookum Pt (1886)
Destination Shelton
Description Plan on a full day paddling.  You must look at the current charts prior to paddling through Hamersley.  The current can attain a flow rate of 4.4+ kts. Plan on going in on the flood your skill level should determine the amount of current you can handle.  The paddle in can be quiet pleasant especially with a good push.  Plan on having strong currents at the choke points, the rest will be relatively placid.  Enjoy the view and keep your eyes out for boats since this is a narrow inlet.  You have 2 choices for landing at Shelton.  There is a Boat ramp nw of town, its approximately a .5 mile hike into town.  the other option is to paddle up the creek as shown on the map above.  At high tide you can paddle all the way to the highway 3 bridge.  there is a small sandbar where you can exit the boats,  we were able to park 4 kayaks there.  It is a bit of a climb up the bank.  The Pine Tree, at 1st and 3rd, has a great breakfast and atmosphere!!
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