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Clark Island Overnight, from Lummi Island Ferry Terminal

This is a two-day paddle with overnight stay on Clark Island.

Clark Island is a little island 2.5 miles to the west of Lummi Island.  There is camping on the bay on the East side of the island but my plan is to head for the secluded kayaker-only marine trail site at the south end of the island.

This is an intermediate/advanced paddling trip involving long, dangerous crossings.  Participants must be appropriately experienced and have their own kayak and equipment.  We will not accept sign-ups from people whose profile information is missing or fails to convey their experience level.

Slack current before ebb is at 11am Saturday.  If we launch at 10am then we will catch the tail end of the flood to help us get to Point Migley, which is 1.6 miles from the launch point.  We will paddle southward along the West coast of Lummi to Village Point, about 2.2 miles, then cross to Clark Island on the ebb.  The maximum ebb current in Rosario Strait that day is predicted to be 0.77kts at 2:04pm (ebb direction is 150˚T).

On Sunday we have smaller currents: max flood is 0.68kts at 9:47am, slack before ebb is at 12:50, so if we leave before lunch we'll get a small push to the north on our way to Point Migely, and a max ebb of .47kts at 3:05pm.  So my tentative plan is to aim for a return to Gooseberry Point at 4pm.

I’ll keep a close eye on the weather forecast for the weekend - this is not a trip to do in a strong southerly wind.  

I suggest bringing food to share in a pot luck arrangement.  I’ll be bringing a vegan black-eye pea dish and some rice.

Meeting options are: the Ash Way Park-and-Ride at 7:00am.  This will get us to the Lummi Island ferry terminal by 9am, allowing us time to pack for the desired launch window.

or: Lummi Island Ferry Terminal at 9:00am for a 9:30 launch.  We’ll meet at the parking area near the store, unload and then park our cars at the overnight parking area.  We need to unload and move our cars quickly before we are hassled about permits, which has happened to us before (I researched this and could not find any such permit available).

Rating: This trip is rated ‘exposed’ or SK3.  Involves a long crossing over open water across commercial shipping lanes.  Possibility of encountering tide rips and strong wind.  Participants must have their own kayak and all of their own gear, be trained in self and group rescue techniques, and know how to maintain correct ferry angles in strong currents.   Because of the water temperature a wet suit or dry suit is required.

See descriptions at this link:

Sea Kayak Trip Ratings

What to bring: 

• Kayak, paddle, Paddle Float and Bilge Pump.

• VHF Radio and emergency flares, if you have them

• PFD, Wet or Dry suit, Clothes for paddling, Kayak Shoes, 

• Change of clothes for camp, towel.

• Tent, stove, food, water for camping and lunch.

• Sun Screen, Rain Hat

• Sense of Humor and fun.

Directions to the Ash Way park and ride:

From I-5 Northbound take the 164th Street SW exit (exit 183, just north of the intersection with I-405),  turn left (west) onto 164th St. SW then take the 1st right onto Ash Way.  Meet at the park and ride on the right hand side.  

Directions to the Lummi Island Ferry Terminal:

Drive N. on I-5 to Slater Road (exit 260).  Go West on Slater Road 3.7 miles and turn left onto Haxton Way.  Meet us at the store by the Lummi Island Ferry (we won’t be taking the ferry).

Route and Current Info: Clark Island Trip (PDF)

Martin.


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  • Phyllis

    Finally!!! Martin can now check off his bucket list: "Get Phyllis to Clark Island" (this was his 4th attempt). It was even more than I imagined. Lovely camping spot, super nice people, trails to wander, first class privy.... I especially enjoyed the paddle explorations on day two, with gorgeous shorelines and very special wildlife encounters. None of my 5 awarded stars are for the screaming nighttime raccoons, however.

    August 19, 2014

    • Martin

      Yes, I admit I failed miserably to keep those ill-disciplined raccoons under control.

      August 19, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Finally!!! Martin can now check off his bucket list: "Get Phyllis to Clark Island" (this was his 4th attempt). It was even more than I imagined. Lovely camping spot, super nice people, trails to wander, first class privy.... I especially enjoyed the paddle explorations on day two, with gorgeous shorelines and very special wildlife encounters. None of my 5 awarded stars are for the screaming nighttime raccoons, however.

    August 19, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Hey Martin - can you give an address for the ferry terminal, so we can put it in our phones for directions? Thanks.

    August 15, 2014

    • Martin

      2557 Lummi View Dr
      Bellingham, WA 98226

      August 15, 2014

    • Martin

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      August 15, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    Sorry, my son had a short notice job transfer to Sacramento and needs some help. Have a great paddle and I'm looking forward to knowing more about that "secret camp site".....

    August 15, 2014

  • Audra

    Well my doula client has not gone into labor yet. So I doubt that she will give birth in the next 24 hours and release me to go Saturday. So unfortunately, I need to cancel. If some miracle happens I am sure I could join you without burdening you as one more person. Thanks Martin for planning. Hopefully someone on waitlist can go.

    August 14, 2014

  • Phyllis

    What! Did Larry bail for lack of meat on the menu? We might be able to accommodate.

    August 14, 2014

    • Martin

      I'm trying to get in touch with Larry. So far without success.

      August 14, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Mike & I are leaning toward the idea of staying on our boat in Anacortes Friday night and meeting at the launch. Will let you know if we change our minds. Also thinking of bringing some nice meaty sausages to cut up, fry, and lace Martin's Cajun BIP dish with. One of my favorite forms of entertainment is watching Martin's face as I gleefully adulterate his carefully prepared vegan dishes. ;-)

    August 14, 2014

    • Martin

      Sausage would be a great addition for meat eaters. That look is one of fascination of what innovative meat-eaters can do to adapt my dishes.

      August 14, 2014

  • Nancy J

    To make planning easier for all, I will not leave on Friday and will meet you all at the put in spot by the Lummi Ferry on Saturday morning. Look forward to the paddle, I have never been to Clark Island and it is on my "list".

    August 13, 2014

  • Lara

    I wish that I could come, but i have just returned from a 10 day kayak trip in Bella Bella and need a weekend of rest.

    August 13, 2014

  • Karen

    Hi Cheryl- I didn't see your message sooner. If this is still an option, I could get north on Friday afternoon/evening and having a BBQ sounds good to me. Any others, or have you already made other plans? Look forward to meeting and paddling with you. -Karen

    August 12, 2014

    • Cheryl C

      Hi Karen, sorry the BBQ is off..see you Sat morning!

      August 13, 2014

  • Nancy J

    I will bring dessert.

    August 12, 2014

  • Karen

    I will bring coleslaw to share for dinner (a simple healthy version with red cabbage and no mayo).

    August 12, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Martin says the black beans go well with collard greens. That's what I'll bring.

    August 12, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    I will bring frozen ravioli to share with Martin's dish

    August 12, 2014

  • Audra

    I would be game to head out earlier on Friday. My doula client was due 8/5 and still waiting. If she gives birth this week. YES to Friday. But if not I wont be able to go. :( I will update my statis.

    August 10, 2014

  • Nancy J

    Anyone want to paddle to Clark Island on Friday to make it a two night trip?

    August 10, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    Ok ... no one is interested in the BBQ...I'll cancel the invite and make other plans ;-)

    August 9, 2014

    • Martin

      I would have come... Only someone has to be at the Ash Way Park and Ride on Saturday morning to coordinate, and I figured that had to be me.

      1 · August 9, 2014

  • Cheryl C

    If anyone can get up here late Friday afternoon/early evening, we can have a BBQ at my house and spend the night. I have 3 extra beds and 2 couches. I'm east of Lummi Island about 45 min.

    August 3, 2014

    • Nancy J

      If you want to come up early, I have room for two on beds and more on coaches . If any one wants to head out eatlier

      August 3, 2014

    • Nancy J

      If anyone wants to head out before Friday, I am game.

      August 3, 2014

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