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Burrows Island Circumnavigation (Level 3)

  • May 04, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Bowman Bay, DP Sate Park, WA
  • 10


  • active club members, including kayaking professionals & lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the Trip Organizer.

This trip is limited to OOPS members who are WEC.  Registration will take place at the DP Event HQ campsite.

Reminder:  As always, registration for every trip is conditional upon final approval by the Trip Organizer, who may confer with you to assess whether your skills & equipment are appropriate for the trip.

Narrative: This will be a somewhat long coastal paddle: 12 - 14 miles depending upon the choice of routes to & around Burrows Is. Depending upon wind, it's also potentially strenuous, although we'll modify at time of launch (and again before we cross Burrows Bay) as we assess actual conditions.

We'll launch from Bowman Bay, paddle up the coast around Biz point, then 1 nm past Edith Point (for a total of 4 nm). From there, we'll cross Burrows Bay (approx 1.25 nm) to a small channel separating (little) Young Is from Burrows Is. There is a beach for a brief rest break on Burrows just after we enter that small channel. We'll proceed northeast and then west around Burrows Is to Light Station State Park, a beautiful spot for a lunch break overlooking Rosario Straight. There are excellent views due west across the Straight to the near San Juan Islands.

We'll paddle south from the Lighthouse and complete our circumnavigation of Burrows by paddling east in the channel separating Burrows from Alan Island.  Then, depending on conditions, we'll select an optimal heading for our return crossing of Burrows Bay and proceed down the coast to our take out at Bowman Bay.

If you have a tow belt, please wear it.

Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Bowman Bay
Take out: Bowman Bay
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:  
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Stuart Teicher
Assistant Organizer(s): Joe Howell
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person:  
Maximum number of paddlers: 10
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: mid to high 50's
Estimated Water Temperature: high 40's - low 50's
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6+ hrs
Tide times & heights: TBD
Current information: TBD
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
Currents: Level 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 3: 1 to 2 miles
Paddling Environment:  
Overall rating: Level 3
Rating Comments: Other than the effect of wind on sea state & swell size - which will be consistently monitored as we proceed - endurance will be the most significant consideration for this paddle. The overall distance is not extraordinary  - although 12 -14 nm is certainly a good day's paddle. 
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