Carr Inlet Horsehead Bay, Cutts Island State Park, and Kopachuck State Park

Rosedale, Washington

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If you live south of Seattle, this is a short, easy trip, ideal for those with limited saltwater experience, or for families. Distances between stopovers are not long, and there are plenty of shore attractions and beaches with warm water for wading and swimming during the summer months. The route can be altered or shortened if weather is inclement. Camping is available at Kopachuck State Park or the Cascadia Marine Trail site located there. The beach is expansive at low tide and is known for ample sand dollars.
Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

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Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

by Rob Casey (The Mountaineers Books)

If you live south of Seattle, this is a short, easy trip, ideal for those with limited saltwater experience, or for families. Distances between stopovers are not long, and there are plenty of shore attractions and beaches with warm water for wading and swimming during the summer months.

The route can be altered or shortened if weather is inclement. Camping is available at Kopachuck State Park or the Cascadia Marine Trail site located there. The beach is expansive at low tide and is known for ample sand dollars.

© 2012 Rob Casey/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Rosedale
Distance: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Part Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 204; Noaa charts 18445 SC or 18448 (both 1:80,000), 18474 (1:40,000); Seattle tide table (add about 30 minutes).
Topo Map: Carr Inlet: Horsehead Bay, Cutts Island State Park, and Kopachuck State Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/7/2006

This trail is very easily accessed from I-5, but within a few paddle strokes you are completely removed from any thoughts of traffic, boat ramps or even people. Putting in an hour or so before high tide allowed us access deep into the delta with a gentle, suporting current. Returning under slack tide conditions required only slightly more effort. This was a top notch trail and I look forward to more exploring of the Nisqually Reach area in the future.

4/29/2006

The Nisqually Delta is a beautiful place to put in a kayak. I like to put in my kayak at Tolmie State park and kayak over to the delta area. It is a fabulous kayak extravaganza.

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