Description: We are going to paddle from Saltwater State Park across the East Passage of Puget Sound to Maury Island, down the southeast coast of Maury Island, around the south end of Maury Island to Dockton County Park and back, and back across the East Passage to Dash Point State Park. test
This is a 14 nautical mile paddle with two crossings of Puget Sound. To sign up for this paddle, you need to be a reasonably strong intermediate or advanced paddler with good endurance. This paddle will be subject to wind, waves and large ship wakes on two crossings and an open coast; to sign up for this paddle, you must have good bracing, re-entry, and rescue skills and practice.
Schedule and Itinerary:
8:00 a.m. - arrive and off-load at Saltwater State Park.
8:10 a.m. - car-shuttle to Dash Point State Park and back.
9:00 a.m - launch from Saltwater State Park.
~ 9:45 a.m. arrive at Point Robinson on Maury Island (beach and check out the CMT campsite for a future two-day trip).
~ 10:30 a.m. paddle south with a strong flood current.
~ 12:00 noon arrive at Piner Point at the south tip of Maury Island, continue around to Dockton County Park.
~ 1:00 p.m. lunch at Dockton County Park.
~ 1:45 p.m. leave Dockton County Park.
~ 3:45 p.m. - arrive at the Dash Point State Park, load up, and return morning-shuttle end-leg drivers to Saltwater State Park.
Conditions and Contingency:
This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the predicted weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, this paddle will be revised to a similar length paddle on Lake Washington.
If mid-day weather conditions are deteriorating when we arrive at Piner Point, we will paddle directly back from Piner Point to Dash Point State Park.
A Discovery Pass is required to park at either state park.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, bicycle lock-up cable and lock, water and snacks, lunch, vhf radio if you have one, immersion gear.
Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.