Maury Island

Portage, Washington

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A narrow isthmus connects Maury Island to Vashon Island providing an age-old portage. The most challenging route here combines the quiet charm of Quartermaster Harbor with a more arduous paddle along the “island’s” south coast to produce a circumnavigation that will leave you feeling you have seen a great deal as well as had a good day’s exercise. For a more relaxed alternative, dabble in the harbor. If you wish to start from south of Seattle, launching from Saltwater State Park involves a more demanding crossing, traversing shipping lanes and possible tide rips.
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)

A narrow isthmus connects Maury Island to Vashon Island providing an age-old portage. The most challenging route here combines the quiet charm of Quartermaster Harbor with a more arduous paddle along the “island’s” south coast to produce a circumnavigation that will leave you feeling you have seen a great deal as well as had a good day’s exercise.

For a more relaxed alternative, dabble in the harbor. If you wish to start from south of Seattle, launching from Saltwater State Park involves a more demanding crossing, traversing shipping lanes and possible tide rips.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Portage
Length: 12
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Part Day Or Full Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 203; Noaa charts 18445 SC, 18448 (both 1:80,000), or 18474 (1:40,000); Seattle tide table (add 15 minutes).
Topo Map: Maury Island 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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