Description: I am going to be over on the west side for a clam dig on Saturday the 27th and instead of driving home I am planning on checking out the Dewatto Campground as a possible Hood Canal stopping place on my upper Hood canal paddle for later this year.
Details: I will be checking into the campgound around 6pm in the evening and then getting up to go for a paddle and check out the river access from the bay. I am planning on a 4 or 5 hour paddle with a stop for lunch and then heading for home. High tide is at 6:33 am so we will plan on a 10 am launch at the Dewatto Bay boat launch. Then we will ride the tide up until we find a nice place to stop for lunch around 12:45. Since the low tide is then maybe we can find a great place to stop and dig for a while. Then when the tide turns at 1:40 or so we can paddle back down to Dewatto and pack up. We should be off the water by 4pm.
Camping Info: http://dewattoport.com/campground.htm
I reserved campsite 17A with electricity and sites 40 & 41 without electricity. Each site is $15 ($18 electric) but if you put more than one tent on it you will owe another $5 per tent. I am sending them a money order or cashiers check for the reservation. She said all the sites would take at least 2 small tents and some would take more. She said we can just pay the extra $5 per tent that night. 17A is right next to the Kitchen Picnic area in case we get some rain. I will bring the huge tarp for extra coverage.
SITES: I will be on 17 and we can just add folks as they come to the sites and pay the extra. I am sure with 3 sites we will have enough room. Bring some cash to pay me back.
There is no water at the campground so be sure to bring your own. I hope to have some shellfish to cook that evening so we can have a group dinner for those who want to come over that night. Be sure to read the campground rules.
SK Rating http://students.washington.edu/ukc/seakayaking/sea_rating.php This is an open water paddle so I will rate it a 3. We will be close to the shore most of the time so it shouldn't be a vary hard paddle.
Equipment Requirements: Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, headlamp, charts, navigation gear (compass/gps/??)vhf radio (edit as needed). All camping gear if you are staying the night. Car camping so bring a chair and the comfortable mattress....
Sat 27 Low 12:53 PM -2.8
27 High 7:44 PM 12.4
Su 28 Low 1:27 AM 6.1
28 High 6:33 AM 11.6
28 Low 1:40 PM -2.9
28 High 8:38 PM 12.4
NOAA Wind: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Light south wind becoming west 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon.
IMPORTANT - If you have not filled out your profile information in the Sea Kayak Meetup information please do so. Failure to have a completely filled out profile will cause you to be dropped from the paddle.
AND AS USUAL - All my paddles are one strike you're out... I will monitor the site up to 3 hours before we launch for cancellations. (for this paddle the cut off will be Wednesday before the paddle unless an emergency happens) But if we launch and I haven't heard from you that is a no show and you will no longer be welcome on my trips. Please don't sign up unless you really think you can attend. It isn't fair for the other paddlers. As usual, I will manage the trip numbers based on extra organizers and the paddle experience of the people who sign up. So jump on the waiting list because I frequently up the attendees. Thanks.