Recreational Kayaking around opportunities abound at Camano Island State Park. The park's shoreline offers several possible kayak launch sites along Saratoga Passage.
I have used the west end of this state park where there is a picnic area on a bluff on the Park Way road. Ditch the vehicle in a parking spot and then haul the gear down a short trail to the water's edge. This location is less hectic with fewer people and no power boats to deal with. No big deal walk to the water. Of course the tide will also guide you on when and where to launch at this park or any place on salt water or rivers and streams affected bay the tidal actions. There is also a public boat ramp area in the center of the park. Also other places to pack the gear to from the parking area in the main beach area close to the boat ramp. Check out the map provided. If the map provided. Also if the map is not opening in the satellite view open that in the upper right hand corner. The satellite picture gives clues to the nature that you can find here or in any of the locations listed here in this recreational kayaking paddling guide.
The kayaking here is OK unless of course there is serious winds from the south or ... The park offers an nice back drop for paddling around in a more natural looking setting. Go past the park boundary and you are once again back into the "beigeja vu". meaning Bob and Betty Boring country USA with the same old lets paint it beige look and feel. You know, can't tell if you are in LA or ... look.
A little west and east of the central boat launch area offers some nature and birds to check out. Raptors like eagles like to hang out in the trees and snatch Bob and Betty's critters for snacks. The eagles are sometimes spotted in the trees over the bluffs on the eastern edge of park. From the water a kayaker can get some nice views of the birds.
I have done some short paddling day tripping in the area in an old "barge" of a craft I used to use, and need to return to explore more of the eastern shore and see if it does or doesn't gross me out too much. By that I mean is it totally overrun with eyesores we all like to build and or scorch and burn like living.
One kewl point here is camping. WWTA Washington Water Trails boat in kayaking camping site at the Camano Island State Park. WWTA has a list of many such camping opportunities for the sea kayaker.
Check out some of the pictures finally uploaded after digging around in the puter to find the snapshots on Wednesday September 9.9.9.
The Department of Ecology aerial photos of Washington's marine shorelines are a kayakers dream come true. That is if you are interested in checking out the coastline you might be visiting in advance. If not, keep it all a secret and don't look now and wait until you get there. Or just look and dream.
NOTE: The photos in the links here are from the 1990s. Things change all the time. The photos give a clue at what you may or may not be up to in the area you are interested in.
From the home page above you can travel by photos to many other regions of Washington States coastlines that might be of interest to the kayaker.
Click on the NEXT IMAGE to the right or left to follow the shoreline around the State Park area and the rest of Camano Island. This will give you a clue about the type of conditions that you might encounter in regards to the terrain.