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Circum-navigate Anderson Island

Description:  We are going to circum-navigate Anderson Island in a clockwise direction.

I am doing this paddle with my 18 y.o. daughter, who has been working teaching sea-kayaking and SUP'ing all summer and is headed off to college in two weeks.  Experienced paddlers from the meetup who'd like to join us would be welcome.

Sign-up Requirements:

This is a 16 nautical mile paddle that may be subject to wind waves and will be subject to current effects.  The paddle will be with the current all the way, including 2.0 knots through Balch Passage.

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.

Schedule and Itinerary:

9:30 a.m. - meet at Luhr Beach Boat Ramp

10:00 a.m - Launch, cross Nisqually Reach, and paddle 8 n.m. around Anderson Island to Eagle Island State Park, stopping at the CMT campsite along the way.

~ 1:00 - lunch stop at Eagle Island State Park.

~ 2:00 p.m. - launch and continue 8 more n.m. around Anderson Island, including exploration of Oro Bay, and back across Nisqually Reach. 

~ 5:00 p.m. - arrive back at Luhr Beach Boat Ramp.

Carpooling and Details

Carpooling is encouraged.  A Discover Pass is require to park at Luhr Beach Boat Ramp.

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 protected paddle.

Equipment Requirements:

Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, 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

    Another fine paddle, and a delightful Dad/daughter adventure. Sparsely inhabited Anderson Island is a nice circum-navigation. The Anderson Island Marine Park at Carlson Bay on the west side of the island is a nice stop, and has nice upland trails. The circum-navigation was 14.2 nautical miles total, starting and ending at the Luhr Beach Boat Ramp in the Nisqually area. A shorter circum-navigation could be done by taking the Pierce County ferry to and from the island. The fare with a roll-on kayak is $11.30 round-trip. The kayaks would have to be carried up/down a stairs to the beach at the ferry landing, but that would not be difficult.

    September 11, 2013

  • Jody B

    cool...waiting to see if you post anything for next weekend..when I'm not working

    September 8, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Hi Jody. Long time no sea. Work? Oh, yeah, that necessary interruption to one's kayaking, that pays for one's boat and its necessities, and the roof to keep it all under? Not to worry; I'm taking a vacation day. (Not to mention a Dad/daughter day!) Stay tuned; I'll be posting more super-cool outings, on weekends, this Fall ...

      September 10, 2013

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