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)