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Kayaking Utsalady Bay Camano Island Washington State

North Camano Island offers some nice kayaking possibilities from at least two different public launch sites.

The first that will be discussed here starts at the Utsalady Point Island County Park water access Boat Ramp on the north end of Camano. Check the map provided here for the exact location.

Here is an interesting piece from online at: Experience Washington about the name Utsalady.
"Former logging town on the north end of Camano Island. Our Savior's Lutheran Church has a locally carved alter and furnishings. The name is said to have two sources. One, a combination of two Native American words, Uts-meaning place, and Ollalie-meaning salmon berries. The other source says the town was named when a local Scotsman was about to become a father and really wanted a son, when the child was born, he yelled out his window, "It's a laddy!".

This is a nice little outing for a kayaking day trip for a couple hours of exercise the mind and body with views of the shoreline homes and the Cascade Mountains including Mt. Baker, on a more clear day. There is a view of the Skagit River Delta and you can check out one of the kayak trips noted here for and about the Skagit Wildlife Area in the estuary on Skagit Bay to give you a small sample taste of the place up north across the water.

For people wanting their first or getting more comfortable with paddling kayaks in the cold waters in this area, this launch site and the possible route is a nice place to practice and learn to relax and feel good in the water. There are plenty of exits available if needed unlike some of the other more advanced recreational kayaking adventures listed in this site.

There is a small parking area at the boat launch at Utsalady. No fee to park or launch a kayak. There is a portable toilet if needed. No services of any kind in the area.

There are many boats tied up in the bay and fisherman and people that crab etc. that use the boat ramp and the water in the area.

When rounding the point to the north there is an expansive view of the Cascade Mountain Range and the hinterland of northern Camano Island towards Stanwood and English Boom Historical Park and the wetlands in the park.

If your in the area and looking for another innies and outties place for the kayak and doing a little paddling this might be a place to check out. It is not my favorite place and then it not my least favorite.

Most water to paddle in the State of Washington is lined with one sort of human BS or another. Utsaladay is no exception. If your into real estate you might get turned on by the houses and other junk people park along the water in this state.

But if you have an interest in less raped places to paddle check out the Skagit River Delta link above and also the posts about nearby mountain lakes of:

Diablo Lake camping and kayaking in the mountains of the North Cascades only a couple hours east on highway 20.

Baker Lake north end kayaking and camping. A best kept secret.

Kayaking Vogler Lake North Cascades

If really into some Washington State inland water knock your socks off kayaking adventures check out bird land in
Central Washington.

So there you have it. A boat load of places around the State of Washington to spend time cleansing the MBS, mind body and spirit.

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.

Utsalady public water access aerial photographs. Check out the shoreline before you go. This picture gives some hints at some of the lovely hog type houses that eat up much of the coastline in the Puget Sound area.

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.

Happy paddling!

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Region: Island County

Overall rating: 4 paddles.

Launch: Utsalady Boat Ramp. See map.

Launch rating: 5 paddles.

Parking: Limited free provided by county. Washington State public lands parking permit

Miscellaneous Intermediate and up with the right gear and skills.

Route Distance: 4 - 5 miles round trip.

Highlights: Mt Baker, Cascade views,lots of easy exits.

Warnings: Wind,tide, cold water KILLS. Noise is not bad here. Same old aircraft stuff.

Fossil fuel noise levels: 1 on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the loudest.

Facilities: Toilet no potable water.

Services: North end of island or Stanwood for gas and food.

Budget accommodations: Tent,Cabin,Hostels,Kayak Camps,RV,Yurt.

View of Widbey Island and the Salish Sea from Utsalady Point north Camano Island.

View of Utsalady Bay from the boat ramp area.


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Last Update: 09.26.10 11:10am