Description: We are going to paddle south from Squalicum Harbor around Bellingham Harbor, to Fairhaven, to Chuckanut Bay, around Chuckanut Bay, and to take-out at Wildcat Cove in Larrabee State Park. This will be a one-way paddle with a car-shuttle. While we'll progress steadily southward, this paddle's schedule and pace assume a variety of sightseeing meanders and shore-stops along the way.
This is an 11 nautical mile paddle that may be subject to wind waves and boat wakes.
To sign up for this paddle, you need to be an advanced novice, intermediate, or beyond 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. If you do not answer the sign-up questions, your RSVP will be deleted.
Schedule and Itinerary:
9:00 a.m. - arrive at Squalicum Harbor, off-load the kayaks, and car shuttle to Wildcat Cove (20-minute drive each way).
10:30 a.m. - launch and paddle 3.5 n.m. south to Fairhaven
~ 12:00 noon - lunch at Marine Park in Fairhaven.
~ 1:00 p.m. - paddle 3 n.m. south to a stop at North Chuckanut Bay Park, paddle approx. 3 n.m. exploration around Chuckanut Bay, and paddle 1.5 n.m. south to Wildcat Cove.
~ 4:30 p.m. - take-out at the Wildcat Cove Boat Ramp (approx. location 346 Pleasant Bay Road, Bellingham, WA) in Larrabee State Park and complete any required return car-shuttle.
~ "five-o-clock somewhere"? optional beverage and dinner at the Oyster Bar, 2578 Chuckanut Drive, Bow, WA 98232.
Carpooling and Logistical Details
Carpooling is encouraged. After there is some sign up, sign-up-ees can arrange carpooling amongst themselves. For a carpool meeting location, the south end of Ash Way Park and Ride, 16327 Ash Way, Lynnwood, WA (northwest of I-5 Exit 183, 164th St. SW), at approx. 7:15 a.m., is suggested.
Bring a bicycle lock and cable if you have them for securing the kayaks at any semi-urban shore stops. Not everyone needs to bring a cable and lock; one set can secure several kayaks.
Car-shuttle parking at Wildcat Cove requires a Discovery Pass.
Conditions and Contingency:
This paddle is contingent upon reasonably safe wind and weather conditions. If the weather conditions are unsafe for this paddle, the paddle will be revised to a protected paddle, possibly a loop inside Chuckanut Bay, or rescheduled.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, picnic lunch, waterproof paddle jacket and hat in case of rain, warm clothes for any shoreside adventures, bicycle lock and cable if you have them, VHF radio if you have one, immersion gear.
Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.