Southern San Juan Islands

Anacortes, Washington 98221

Southern San Juan Islands

Southern San Juan Islands Professional Review and Guide

"The San Juan Islands are known far and wide as a paddling paradise. Unfortunately, access to the waters of the San Juans is at a premium with the ever-increasing push of development and the annual summer rush. Don’t despair, however, because islands such as Saddlebag, Cypress and Strawberry offer easy access and solace for the silent paddler.

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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1 - 4 days
Best spring through fall
18421: Strait of Juan de Fuca to Strait of Georgia; 18423: Bellingham to Everett, San Juan Islands; 18424: Bellingham Bay; 18427: Anacortes to Skagit Bay; 18430: Rosario Strait, North
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