Shaw Island Circumnavigation

Shaw Island, Washington

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Located in the heart of the San Juan Islands, the waters around Shaw Island usually have the highest concentration of kayakers in the area during summer. Mild currents and alongshore paddling with few crossings make some routes here popular for less-experienced paddlers, particularly those trying kayak camping for the first time. Route options include an easy day, a short overnight, and a longer circumnavigation of Shaw Island with stops at neighboring parks and Cascadia Marine Trail sites. The circumnavigation can easily include Jones Island (see the Jones Island chapter).
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)

Located in the heart of the San Juan Islands, the waters around Shaw Island usually have the highest concentration of kayakers in the area during summer. Mild currents and alongshore paddling with few crossings make some routes here popular for less-experienced paddlers, particularly those trying kayak camping for the first time.

Route options include an easy day, a short overnight, and a longer circumnavigation of Shaw Island with stops at neighboring parks and Cascadia Marine Trail sites. The circumnavigation can easily include Jones Island (see the Jones Island chapter).

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Shaw Island
Distance: 14
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Full Day To Multiple Nights.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 002, 003, 004; Noaa charts 18423 SC or 18421 (both 1:80,000), and 18434 (1:25,000); San Juan Channel current table or the Canadian Current Atlas are helpful for the circumnavigation route; Port Townsend tide tables (add about 30 minutes) are handy if Indian Cove is included as a launch point or stop.
Driving Directions: Directions to Shaw Island: Circumnavigation

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