Day 2 - Circumnavigate Marrowstone Island

Description:  We are going to circumnavigate Marrowstone Island, clockwise, starting and ending at Mystery Bay State Park in Nordland.  This is a fascinating paddle, with a variety of different environments, sights, and interesting shore stops.

Overnight Accommodations:  This is the second of two associated Labor Day weekend day-paddles.   For anyone who wants to stay over for multiple paddles, please indicate such in your answer to RSVP Question 4 (unless you've already answered Question 4 for the Day 1 paddle), and we'll work on arranging accommodations.

Sign-up Requirements:

This is a 15 nautical mile paddle that will be subject to wind, current effects, tide rips, and large ship wakes, all on an open exposed coast.  On the Sound side of the island, the paddle will be assisted by flood current up to 2.7 knots.

To sign up for this paddle, you need to be an intermediate or advanced paddler, you must have bracing, re-entry, and rescue training, skills and practice, and you must be able to paddle at a sustained 3 knots pace.  The required kayaking experience and skills need to be documented in your meetup-profile information and your answers to the sign-up questions.

Wait List and Add-ons:  If the paddle RSVP is full, sign up for the wait-list.  The paddle size may be increased with add-ons from the wait-list; add-on priority may be given to those staying over and doing both paddles.

Schedule and Itinerary:

8:00 a.m. - meet at Mystery Bay State Park, off-load and park.

8:30 a.m - launch and head north in Kilisut Harbor, paddle 15 n.m. around Marrowstone Island, with a variety of stops and explorations at parks and beaches.

~ 5:30 p.m. - arrive back at Mystery Bay State Park.

~ 6:00 p.m. - head back to the Edmonds ferry, or head back to accommodations at Port Ludlow/Port Townsend.

Carpooling and Details:

Carpooling is encouraged.  After there is some sign-up, carpooling locations will be suggested and sign-up-ees can arrange carpooling amongst themselves.

Conditions and Contingency:

This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the predicted weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, the paddle will be revised to a more protected circumnavigation of Indian Island.

Equipment Requirements:

Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, lunch, VHF radio if you have one, bicycle lock-up cable and lock if you have one, immersion gear.

Immersion Gear:

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

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  • Kate D

    Nice photos of an extraordinary paddle. I thought I posted a lengthy description, but it didn't get posted. Here goes again:
    This was an almost effortless paddle around some very beautiful scenery. Kayakers love to paddle M.I. but very few take the time nor develop navigational skills to be able to circumnavigate the entire Island in one day. I am also glad that the weather cooperated so we could enjoy views of the Olympics, the Cascades and Rainer along with the pristine beaches and bluffs and clear water abundant with wildlife. I'm glad that Aaron convinced me to come along and enjoy his delight in kayaking. We ended this perfect day with Aaron taking a bath in Kilisut Harbor to remove the salt and cool down and me fetching cold beer and snacks at the famous Nordland store.

    September 2, 2013

  • Aaron S

    Another gem of a paddle. Thanks for joining the show and being a grand paddling pal, Kate. Marrowstone Island is a pristine gem and this is a great paddle!!!!! Highly recommended. Lots of variety, grand vistas, nice strong current push down the Sound side, and lots to see along the way.

    September 1, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Total distance 15.3 nautical miles, including a little zig-zag in front of East Beach to surf a container-ship wake, and of course including the isthmus "grass drag". :) This works fine as a day paddle with a flood current assist down the open east coast, or, with a few CMT campsites available along the way, it can be a two-day paddle. In settled weather, a big two-day loop around combined Indian/Marrowstone Islands with a stop or overnight stay at Port Townsend would be a delightful adventure with grand variety.

      September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not experienced enough for this one. Lol

    August 26, 2013

  • Kate D

    This is where I live. I may come out to join you. We did this a couple of weeks ago in the counter direction starting from a friend's beach on Scow Bay to be able to make the high tide to be able to portage across Indian Island to be able to say we really did "circumnavigate". It took a little more than 3 hrs to do this. Do you want me to post my pics?

    August 20, 2013

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