Outer San Juan Islands Professional Review and Guide
"The northwestern edge of the San Juans offers paddlers an incredible array of wildlife and scenery. Miles of rugged, undeveloped shorelines along Haro Strait provide habitat for a multitude of marine birds and mammals, including orca whales. Although this is a great environment for marine life, it is not one to be taken lightly by the paddler. The outer San Juans are for experienced paddlers who are capable of reading tide tables and current guides and are able to respond to the variable weather and water conditions likely to be encountered. Currents in Spieden and President Channels can be treacherous, at times exceeding 4 knots, and should be factored into your trip planning.
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."