South Sound

Olympia, Washington

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Southern Puget Sound offers outstanding paddling experiences year round. Long, placid inlets provide habitat for many varieties of birds; harbour seals and river otters are frequently sighted. Acres and acres of sand dollars can be seen in many places as you glide along the beaches, sending red rock crabs scurrying for cover amidst the kelp. Pickering Passage and Case Inlet offer a terrific circular trip for discovering the wonders of the south sound, with opportunities for further exploration in Budd, Eld, Totten and Hammersley Inlets or eastward through Dana Passage along the Cascadia Marine Trail. Native Americans plied the waters of Puget Sound long before the arrival of white explorers. They knew the sound as Whulge, which loosely translates as “big salt water.” Several tribes inhabited this coast, living on the abundant marine life and using the towering stands of forests to build villages and dugout canoes. Although boats of all kinds now travel these waters, paddling Puget Sound continues to be the best way to explore its beautiful shorelines. The slow, silent pace of a kayak will allow you to absorb the spectacular vistas of Mount Rainier, cabin-dotted islands and wildlife at play.
Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

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Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

by Peter McGee (Greystone Books)

Southern Puget Sound offers outstanding paddling experiences year round. Long, placid inlets provide habitat for many varieties of birds; harbour seals and river otters are frequently sighted. Acres and acres of sand dollars can be seen in many places as you glide along the beaches, sending red rock crabs scurrying for cover amidst the kelp. Pickering Passage and Case Inlet offer a terrific circular trip for discovering the wonders of the south sound, with opportunities for further exploration in Budd, Eld, Totten and Hammersley Inlets or eastward through Dana Passage along the Cascadia Marine Trail.

Native Americans plied the waters of Puget Sound long before the arrival of white explorers. They knew the sound as Whulge, which loosely translates as “big salt water.” Several tribes inhabited this coast, living on the abundant marine life and using the towering stands of forests to build villages and dugout canoes. Although boats of all kinds now travel these waters, paddling Puget Sound continues to be the best way to explore its beautiful shorelines. The slow, silent pace of a kayak will allow you to absorb the spectacular vistas of Mount Rainier, cabin-dotted islands and wildlife at play.

©  Peter McGee/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Olympia
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 - 3 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 18440: Puget Sound; 18445: Puget Sound -- Possession Sound to Olympia
Driving Directions: Directions to South Sound

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