Hood Canal day paddle out of Dewatto Beach

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.

Parking/Restroom Information:

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.

Carpool:

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....

Chart: http://larryminor.com/AdventureShark/Kayak%20Maps/Forms/AllItems.aspx

Tides:



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.

 

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  • John B.

    Judging by the looks of Larry's drysuit afterwards -- he was terribly a-SALT-ted.

    April 29, 2013

  • John B.

    Activities which don't go as planned usually are the ones worth talking about.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Jody B

    a remote place that I'd never been to before ;) got some oysters, found a morel, didn't even have to paddle back... Thanks for letting me come along

    April 28, 2013

  • Martina M.

    work intervenes again. i'm sorry to miss this.

    April 27, 2013

  • Jody B

    actually, I'll be there tommorrow instead. no camping, but can pitch in some $ for the reserved sites you got

    April 27, 2013

  • Cheryl C

    small craft advisory right now :(

    April 27, 2013

    • Larry M

      Winds less tomorrow, west 5-15, no small craft, we will hug shore and watch winds, 2 ft or less

      April 27, 2013

  • Jody B

    bringing corn bread...brrrrr!

    April 27, 2013

  • T.-

    I'll make shrimp scampi pasta to go with the awesome Caesar & bread!

    April 27, 2013

  • Cheryl C

    Do you think 2 gallons of water per person is enough?

    April 27, 2013

  • marcy s.

    Larry can you send me your phone number. I'm not comfortable with the directions and am afraid I'll get lost.

    April 27, 2013

  • Amy H.

    Sorry to not be playing with you folks - I ended up deciding to bike this weekend see you soon

    April 26, 2013

  • Cheryl C

    I'll bring pulled pork.

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, will bring Caesar salad with a good artisan bread and iced pumpkin bread (Yum, Yum!)

    Hey Larry, how many people do you think will be camping tomorrow night?

    April 26, 2013

    • Larry M

      Looks like me, T, Laura, Todd, Jody, Tina, Cheryl

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Cheryl,

    Am interested in the meal share if noone else has responded. Just let me know what you are thinking regarding meals.

    Tina

    April 26, 2013

    • Larry M

      I was kind of thinking we would just have a group meal and everyone could bring something....I know there should be lots of shells, and we are next to the covered area. I may bring an extra shelter so we can escape any rain....Just bring some food and share.

      April 26, 2013

    • Cheryl C

      Ok, sounds good! See you soon.

      April 26, 2013

  • marcy s.

    Is this in Tahuya? My directions keep giving me Tahuya.

    April 12, 2013

    • Ilene J

      Larry- do we meet at the campground Sun. morning or at Dewatto Bay boat launch? I didn't see the boat launch on the map, but guess it will be easy to find. Not much out there.

      April 25, 2013

    • Larry M

      IF you get there early come by and see us. We should be at the boat launch by 9:30

      April 26, 2013

  • Cheryl C

    For those that are camping Saturday night, is there in any interest in shared meal?

    April 25, 2013

  • Ilene J

    Yippee! I will make the trip over on Sunday morning. Is anyone else going over on Sunday & want to carpool?

    Now I have to buy another sprayskirt because I think I left mine in Saul's car! Some much gear to keep an eye on.

    April 24, 2013

    • Ilene J

      Oh, if it's black, it will be mine. Jeepers! Can you send me your address?

      April 25, 2013

    • Ilene J

      Got it:)

      April 25, 2013

  • John B.

    Don't know what time I will be back from a trip Saturday so I likely will not car camp.

    April 13, 2013

    • Ilene J

      The ferry is fine. I was also looking at google maps & it seems the drive around through Tacoma is less time. Maybe we can take that back.

      April 25, 2013

    • Ilene J

      If you have the kayak foams, we can fit your kayak on my thule rack. We would have to meet at the ferry plenty early to get organized. Cell[masked]

      April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to change my mind, I realized I have too much going and won't have time to rent a boat and get out there Sunday morning. Have fun!

    April 25, 2013

  • Larry M

    DNR-48 beach is about 4 miles north of where we launch. We should be passing it before noon. We could stop there and have lunch and do some collecting or continue north and double back just before slack tide so we can stop there and do some collecting right around low tide.

    April 23, 2013

    • John B.

      Great plans Larry, I am sure we are really going to enjoy this. Did you know that there is a WWTA campground 6 miles north of Dewatto Bay Boat Launch? Laughlin Cove might be worth checking out for a later possible campout. It has 5 campsites, and it is free. It even has bathrooms, picnic tables, fireplace grills and pay showers. The site carries a WARNING: THE LAWN HAS AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS -- CAREFUL WHEN PITCHING YOUR TENT ON THE GREEN GRASS.

      2 · April 23, 2013

    • Larry M

      Laughlin Cove shows closed on the WWTA site.

      April 24, 2013

  • Julie N

    darn, can no longer make this trip. Had such a great time on the Hood trip last year. Enjoy!

    April 22, 2013

  • Audra

    I forgot I have other commitments for the weekend.

    April 21, 2013

  • marcy s.

    I won't be camping

    April 19, 2013

  • Cheryl C

    I plan on camping Saturday night.

    April 13, 2013

    • Saul_K

      Did you say Clamping or Camping ;-)

      2 · April 18, 2013

  • Cheryl C

    From what I can tell..clam season is open July 1 and oyster season is all year. Am I reading that correctly?

    April 17, 2013

    • John B.

      Here is one of the beaches we should be passing: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fi...­
      DNR[masked]
      SHELLFISH TYPES & OPENINGS/CLOSURES
      Clams open year-round
      Oysters open year-round
      HARVEST PROFILE
      This beach is rocky and digging is difficult but productive for butter clams, large native littleneck clams and horse clams in the mid-low tidal zone. A good technique for digging butter clams in rocky substrate is to target individuals or small groups of butter clams by looking for the rectangular siphon holes that indicate their presence. This method takes less time and energy than random digging. A wide tined potato fork works well for digging butter clams in rocky substrate.
      This is a good oyster beach. A lot of the oysters on this beach are attached to rocks. They can be harder to shuck than single or cluster oysters.

      April 18, 2013

  • John B.

    I hope the weather is clam that day -- I mean calm.

    April 17, 2013

  • Tod

    I'll be camping.

    April 17, 2013

  • Larry M

    Campground information is in the main description now.

    April 17, 2013

  • Jody B

    camping the night before

    April 13, 2013

  • Larry M

    Camping

    April 13, 2013

  • T.-

    Camping also

    April 13, 2013

  • Lara

    I'm camping too

    April 13, 2013

  • John B.

    I am trying to think of ways not to bring extra gear. I wonder how well a clam shovel works as a paddle.

    April 13, 2013

  • Larry M

    I sent a note asking about campsite availability and will update here when they reply.

    April 11, 2013

  • Jody B

    - 2.9 low tide. I might just come out to get the shellfish. I have a really good clam gun now

    April 10, 2013

    • T.-

      Hey Jody! If you're going clamming for steamers around Hood Canal the beaches are pretty rocky and/or have oyster shells in the sand/rocks. I recommend a small shovel to dig the clams so you don't ruin your nice clam gun and save it for the tender razors on the coast. ;)

      1 · April 11, 2013

    • Jody B

      thanks for the heads up, T. It is awesome for razor clamming.

      April 11, 2013

  • Alexandra

    I'd love to go and have a double and single

    1 · April 1, 2013

    • Larry M

      I wonder what the chances of me leaving 3 women off the paddle are...???.... especially my knife buddy Jody...yeah, probably pretty low.... :)

      1 · April 2, 2013

    • Larry M

      ops, now there is 5 women....gee wiz guys!!

      April 2, 2013

  • Larry M

    I must admit I am a little stunned at the response. I just didn't want to paddle alone. Thanks for the company.

    April 2, 2013

  • Tod

    Looking forward to this great paddle and fresh clams!

    April 1, 2013

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