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Day-Paddle to Maury Island

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

Sign-up Requirements:

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.

Miscellaneous Requirement:

A Discovery Pass is required to park at either state park.

Equipment Requirements:

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.

Immersion Gear:

Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.

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  • Aaron S

    Thanks for the cool GPS track, Chuck. 9.6 n.m.; call it ten. I am going to get a GPS (or a smart phone and app) specifically for this purpose; to know where I am in a shipping lane. Looks like we were sitting nicely in the Separation Zone when the northbound container ship came by. Nice to know where the highway median was. :)- ('Course, let's not talk about the tug and barge going southbound in the northbound lane while we were paddling across the southbound lane :)--. ) Also, I'm going to find out why I couldn't get VTS (Vessel Traffic System) on Channel 14, at start of the paddle and at our beach stops, for traffic information. I called the Coast Guard traffic info number,[masked], while driving to the paddle and that's what they said to do. ... And thanks again all for a great paddle! Maury Island is a cool place for a paddle - so near by kayak, and so far from Puget-metropolis any other way.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Aaron S

    Thanks all for a great paddle! The weather and water were placid and perfect, the scenery and beaches were grand, you all were totally fun to paddle with, and the passing maritime biggies added a little excitement. :)- ---V\--V\--V\-~^~^~\__________/~^~^~^~.

    June 3, 2013

  • Roger B

    I've paddled over 200 miles, but mostly on calm lakes. How do I get re-entry and rescue training in the Seattle area?

    May 19, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Here is one opportunity: http://www.meetup.com...­

      June 3, 2013

    • Roger B

      Thanks again Michael, I saw that this morning and unfortunately I'm out of town that weekend. I'll get it done somehow soon.

      June 3, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Glad you had a good trip. My plans changed, but I did see you approaching Piner Point.

    June 3, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Here is the best resource I know of for predicting wind over about 24 hours, but be advised wind is usually less accurate to predict than weather. I pre-selected the Alki weather station: http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=119&siteID=292
    Ideally you like the see the historic/observed conditions matching the predicted and matching the NOAA advisory, but this is rarely the case.

    June 2, 2013

  • Aaron S

    Let's meet at Saltwater State Park no matter what the afternoon marine forecast. There are numerous options from that location, all good paddles. For example:
    (1) The planned paddle.
    (2) The planned paddle without the jaunt around to Dockton Park.
    (3) Paddle down the mainland shore into Commencement Bay, then back up to Browns Point or Dash Point.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, I had a shoulder injury flare up today. I'm afraid I'm going to have to sit this one out. :-(

    June 1, 2013

  • Lara

    NOAA: Wind 10-20 kts from North tomorrow afternoon. Waves 3 ft or less!

    June 1, 2013

  • Jody B

    I think my husband and I will camp the night before at Saltwater State Park..just me kayaking though

    May 31, 2013

    • Jody B

      we will be at site #33

      June 1, 2013

  • Donna

    I am not doing the full day paddle. I may go with John B for an abbreviated version of this route.

    June 1, 2013

  • Robert T.

    I will likely meet you somewhere between Dockton and Piner Point. Ill. Be going toward Piner Point.

    June 1, 2013

  • Donna

    I'm jumping in here - off the waitlist. Still want to know if anyone has a tandem I can share. Or if there's a place to rent near this state park. I don't have a way to get a kayak from the rental to the launch.

    May 27, 2013

    • Wanda C.

      There is no rental there.

      May 31, 2013

  • Dave R.

    Sorry Aaron things have come up. Thx c u on next trip.

    May 31, 2013

  • Dave R.

    My guest will not be joining us. So room for one more paddler is open.

    May 27, 2013

  • Donna

    Would like to go. Anyone with a tandem willing to share (if I get moved up off the waitlist). Or, can I rent a kayak and wetsuit near Saltwater State Park?

    May 27, 2013

  • Dave R.

    Thanks Aaron Sounds fun!

    May 21, 2013

  • Robert T.

    Also check out the Maury Island Marine park and the former Glacier sand & gravel site which is now a county park. The whole SE facing side of Maury almost is all park. I live near the water just south of the Glacier park. Wave as you go by!

    May 16, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Thanks for the inside skinny, Bob; sounds like an interesting off-the-beaten-path island with lots to see; come visit us at Pt. Roberts or Dockton Park, or at the beach near where you live as we go by!

      May 18, 2013

  • Karen V

    Sorry, unable to fit this in. Have fun!

    May 18, 2013

  • Wanda C.

    Not sure I'm up to 14 miles so will sit this one out. If I'm in town, I'd be happy to shuttle some drivers to the put in...if that would be helpful. Just let me know.

    May 16, 2013

  • Michael C.

    There are bald eagles that hang out on the southern tip (actually south western tip) of Maury along the shore. Hope you get to see them.

    May 16, 2013

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