North Sound Kayak Paddles

Sunset from Valdes Isl (Gulf Isl Vancouver Isl. BC)


Posted:  January 04, 2009 

North Sound Paddle Routes

The purpose of this page is to list paddling destinations through out the Northwest.  This list of paddle trips has been compiled from trips and paddles that I have been on.  They are listed here as a resource for you to use. 

It is your responsibility to plan a safe trip taking the appropriate equipment and calculating the tides and currents whenever you paddle.

Look for additionally trip suggestions shortly!

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Tides and Current Information

Shoreline Photos of Washington

Paddle Route Comments

North Sound Paddles - Including San Juan Islands

Burrows Island Some tricky currents north of the island, minimal beach at the Lighthouse for a lunch stop.
Chuckanut Island This a pleasant scenic paddle.  A stop at Chuckanut Island for a break is a great diversion.
Commencement Bay This urban paddle can be very pleasant and a stop by the Glass Museum makes it a cultural event! 
Deception Pass Not for the weak of heart!
Doe Island Watch for currents!  Use your tide tables and current charts
Hat Slough to Kayak Point This is a pleasant paddle north of Everett, exploring Port Susan.
Hope Island, Skagit Bay You'll find several Hope islands in the Sound.  This one is north of La Conner! 
Hylebos Waterway Another urban paddle on the north side of Commencement Bay
Jetty Island Explore the shore of this man made island.  the sandy beaches are great!  See the late 1800's wooden barges that were scuttled to create breakwaters north of the island.  Watch out for low tide on the north side.
Mats Mats Bay to Port Ludlow Nice paddle on the Olympic Peninsula
Old Man House to Poulsbo Pleasant mid-Sound paddle.
Penrose State Park This is a pleasant South Sound Paddle.
Dash Point to Redondo Nice paddle and a Sunday Brunch at Salty's is a must!
Ballard Locks to West Point Pass through a set of locks and have lunch on a sandy beach.
Oak Harbor to Coupeville This pleasant Whidbey Island paddle can be an easy paddle.  Watch for winds from the south.
Fox Island to Cutts Island A great south sound paddle, sheltered waters.
Luhr Beach to Anderson Explore the Nisqually Flats, Oro Bay and Anderson Island.  Watch out for low tides!
Pomeroy State Park (Manchester) to Blake Island Avoid the 4 mile crossing and paddle from Manchester to Blake Island. 
Anacortes to Saddlebag Island A good paddle with a short crossing.
Anacortes to Spencer Spit (Lopez)-Cypress  A good 3 Day paddle trip.  There are some currents to contend with but a bit of planning will get you through them. 

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