Wildcat Cove to Chuckanut Bay

I know it's a drive, but this was a really nice paddle! I paddled from Wildcat Cove just north of Larrabee State Park, along the coastline until I was due east of Chuckanut Island in the middle of Chuckanut Bay. There was alot of wildlife including tens of thousands of starfish (pics), Herons (pics), Rock Crab (pics), a Harbor Porpoise, and a curious Seal (pics). The shore is sandstone rock which is carved out in some very cool shapes and covered with large starfish. Bring your sculling draw to get close! Even the drive up highway 11 (aka Chuckanut Drive) is outstanding. Boundry Bay brewery is just a few miles up the road too :) hope this link works...
http://s98.photobucke...
UPDATE Here is a link to the local Bellingham Weather; (hit Bellingham from the list of cities, and hit the "Details" link for Saturday, 10/23/10 for a drop down menu for the day.)
http://community.seat... We have been studying the weather forecast for our trip. We think that the conditions, (wind, rain and current) will be of minimal impact for our paddle in the mid day. I have adjusted the meet-up time from 11:00 AM to 10:00 AM to take better advantage of the weather window and to facilitate returning and being off the water by 3:00 PM. This will help us take advantage of the best part of the day and help those people who want to return home sooner for their Saturday night plans and help the rest of us get to the Boundary Bay Brew Pub for a brew n' grub and howl at the moon! :-) YaHoo!!! Please plan on arriving at 10:00 AM to start our paddle by 11:00 AM. Thank you all very much for your responses to my e-mail inquiry regarding your contact info and trip interest! I have adjusted the attendance RSVP's accordingly. (Those folks on the wait list will need to get in touch with me if you still want to go.) I will update this site again as necessary, so please stay tuned! Please feel free to contact me directly regarding any last minute information you may want, or would like to share regarding your status. I'd appreciate that! I'm looking forward to paddling with everyone! See ya soon! Kevin
UPDATE #2 Here is the Bellingham Weather for Saturday, (as of Friday 9:45 AM) Please follow the link above if the graphics don't appear. Local weather:Regional weather|Interactive Radar Bellingham, Washington Saturday, October 23 Hour 9a 12p 3p 6p 9p 12a 3a 6a Temp[masked] 44 46 Feels like[masked] 39 41 Winds[masked] Direction Dewpoint[masked] 41 40 Skies Precipitation Humidity[masked] 86 80 Forecast-ID-10/22/2010-6Z-40 It is very important to note that this paddle is an experienced required paddle! You really have to come equipped with your own safety gear and self rescue skills in order for you and your paddle partners to feel safe. Please inform yourself as to the conditions and make good choices for yourself regarding your abilities! We will look at the water Saturday morning at the launch site and make our final decisions!
UPDATE
http://community.seat... I'm reading the weather pattern won't start until late afternoon. The wind is from the east an <10 mph with <1-2 seas. Kevin

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  • Peter

    Thanks everyone for an exhilarating trip! :) Hope to reconnect with everyone again soon.

    I have a few photos to share: http://picasaweb.google.com/pbabler/WildcatCove#

    October 24, 2010

  • Brian

    ps--forecast is from NOAA (weather.gov). Point forecast, not the zone forecast.

    October 22, 2010

  • Brian

    As of a few hours ago the marine forecast for Chuckanut Bay looks good--"Saturday: SE wind 5 to 11 kt. A chance of rain. Wind waves 1 ft or less."

    October 22, 2010

  • Nancy

    I'm ready for the wind and waves.

    October 22, 2010

  • Kevin

    Please Meet-Up at 10:00 AM and launch by 11:00 AM!

    October 21, 2010

  • Kevin

    Hi Lesley,

    Its about a 2 hour drive to Bellingham from Seattle. I don't know where you live, but budget at least 2 hours transit if you are in the Seattle latitude. The paddle will take 3-4 hours, so if we are able to meet-up at 11:00 AM and work to launch by 12:00 PM, we should be back by 4:00 PM. Take an hour to pack out, and 2 hours to drive home, you could be home Saturday night by 7:00 PM as a guess if you pushed it. Personally, I vote for Boundary Bay Brewery too!

    October 16, 2010

  • Lara

    My choice would be the Boundary Bay Brewery, but I may head up to Canada afterwards (still deciding).

    October 16, 2010

  • Audra

    Is this an overnight trip or just a day? We could plan to bring a potluck dish to eat together afterwards unless we are cold and wet we could go to a restaurant.

    October 16, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kevin - what time roughly do you expect we'll be finished? I'm wondering if we'll be having dinner together afterwards so shouldn't make plans for the evening...? thnx

    October 16, 2010

  • Rich S

    So the boat lanch is just past Larrabee State Park, take a left and head west on Cove road, then turn left on Pleasant Bay Rd and you are there. I believe parking is $5

    October 10, 2010

  • Kevin

    Hey Rob,

    If you google map fly over Larabee State Park;

    http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Larrabee


    You can use the google mapping tool. Depending on how far we go, it might be between 6-8 miles round trip!

    September 20, 2010

  • Rob I

    whats the total distance roughly?

    September 20, 2010

  • Rich S

    sounds like a plan!

    September 20, 2010

  • Kevin

    Rich, I'd be glad to post it for you! Saturday, Oct 23rd there is a 2.1 knot ebb at 09:45 AM followed by a low slack @ 1:00 PM, followed by a 0.9 knott flood @ 3:00 PM @ Admirality Inlet. There is also a full moon, the sun sets at 6:00 PM. Thats a good day for paddling, and howling!

    How about a meet-up at 11:00 AM @ Larabee State Park?

    September 19, 2010

  • Nancy

    Chuckanut bay is lovely. In the cliff north of the bay, there are fossilized palm trees. Another launch north of Chuckanut bay is port of Bellingham Marine Park. With two cars, it is possible to do a shuttle for a one way trip. Keep an eye on the weather as the fall storms start, particularly for wind from the south, which can lead to interesting/challenging paddling conditions when the waves rebound off the cliffs. (I have a story about this.) The local clubs rate this trip at SK II+/III.

    September 19, 2010

  • Rich S

    I was thinking Oct 2nd or 3rd, or Oct. 23rd or 24th. I'll run it by an organizer :)

    September 19, 2010

  • Martina M.

    This looks great Rich! We were just up there yesterday hiking. Chuckanut drive is gorgeous too. I'd be happy to take this trip on a day with reasonable weather.

    September 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea. Chuckanut is beautiful.

    September 18, 2010

  • Christina

    Sounds very nice. When were you thinking about doing this?

    September 18, 2010

  • Susan S.

    Looks like an awesome area for a Meet Up trip!

    September 18, 2010

  • April

    I have kayaked here once...it was amazing & I would love to go back!

    September 18, 2010

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