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.
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.
Kayak, paddle, pfd, paddlefloat, pump, sprayskirt, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks, lunch, VHF radio if you have one, immersion gear.
Wearing immersion gear (drysuit or wetsuit) is mandatory for this paddle.