James Island

Lopez Island, Washington

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Rugged James Island State Park has plenty of trails and enough secluded coves to keep you busy for more than an overnight stay. Camping includes a Cascadia Marine Trail site along with general public camping facilities. For variety coming and going, there are two ways to get there from Lopez Island. And if you feel up to it, you can make the exposed Rosario Strait crossing from Fidalgo Head to James Island and avoid San Juan Island ferry hassles. This trip could be combined with one to Obstruction Pass (see the Obstruction Pass chapter) and Doe Bay or perhaps with a circumnavigation of Blakely Island.
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)

Rugged James Island State Park has plenty of trails and enough secluded coves to keep you busy for more than an overnight stay. Camping includes a Cascadia Marine Trail site along with general public camping facilities.

For variety coming and going, there are two ways to get there from Lopez Island. And if you feel up to it, you can make the exposed Rosario Strait crossing from Fidalgo Head to James Island and avoid San Juan Island ferry hassles. This trip could be combined with one to Obstruction Pass (see the Obstruction Pass chapter) and Doe Bay or perhaps with a circumnavigation of Blakely Island.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Lopez Island
Distance: 8
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Overnight.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 001, 002; Noaa Charts 18423 SC, 18421 (both 1:80,000), or 18430 (1:25,000); rosario Strait current tables with corrections for Thatcher pass.
Driving Directions: Directions to James Island

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