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Kayaking Cavalero Island County Park Camano Island Washington State

Camano Island is north of Seattle about one hour and south of Vancouver British Columbia about two hours. The island offers several public water access spots to launch kayaks and canoes. Cavalero Island County park on the east shore of Camano Island, Port Susan side, is one of these locations. See the map for the exact location and other details.

The day was warm and sunny again. This is not normal for this area. Usually gray and drizzle most of the time. Plus the Port Susan water where this launch is located is good for some wind. Today it was placid.

The launch time was September 17 at 2PM. Calm but the tide was racing back in. By the time I got the gear down to the waters edge a marker stone I placed at the edge of the flood go buried. The tide is fast or I am slow.

The park is small but nice. When I arrived I had the place all to myself. By the time I got back from the 1.5 paddle they were there. Fishermen with their addiction and others just walking the beach that was fast being consumed by the cold Puget Sound waters.

The parking is free and seemed ample but fisherman have giant rigs so be prepared.

There is a portable toilet at the south end of the park.

Life jackets are available in a shed neat the launch on the north end of the parking lot. I guess some people might hop over the retaining wall and across the driftwood to launch, not me thank you. I used the boat ramp area with gravel along the edges that worked AOK.

There are many things I enjoyed beside the calm water and sunshine, and I am not a big fan of sun ad paddling because of the heat. Winter around here in book is the time to paddle because of less boat and other distractions.

Today there was a loot quiet along the route. Could hear some fossil fuel noise from the road above. The shoreline going north and south of the park is in my view not very offensive.

There are fewer eyesores then many other locations I have been to with giant hog houses along the edge of the water. Lots of trees and some interesting romantic shack like cabins here and there. Paddling closer to the edge paid off here because I did not have to look at hog houses on the bluff above. I could fantasize I was someplace else when in reality it was all fine and dandy right there.

Since I am not the biggest fan of Camano Island I hesitated getting my body to Cavalero Park. I had seen it on Google maps and a sign along the road. Today after picking up veggies at a farm I decided to get some MBS mind body and spirit positive action going behind the paddle. It paid off.

This is not a paddle I would recommend people go out of their way to reach. If you are in the area it and other spots listed in the kayaking guide resource might be something to check out.

On a clear day they say you can see for ever or least that was the title of the movie. Here one can see the Cascades including Mt Baker and the mainland where Stanwood is located and as far south as Everett and Tulalip Bay as well as the area where I live along Port Susan.

There are few if any services on the Island for any sports related things like kayaking. Need to go to Everett for that. There is some food along the road north of the park. I did not see any water in the park. Trac Phone cell service works there. So most cell phones are probably functional if you need to call for help if something happens.

My little tour ended on the north end and on the south end at the beginning of the homes. Not a big fan of houses packed in along the water unless they have some character. Most of the water in Washington is lined with beige-ja-vu same old design free, character free zones. Same old that is everywhere off the water in any town USA. But if you like real estate you will love kayaking in Washington State.

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.

Once at the main link provided below, you can click on the red dots and find your way around the river delta.

Photos of the Cavelero Beach area on Camano Island. Aerial views of the Cavelero and the coast line of Camano Island on the eastern Port Susan side.

These and any paddling adventures require skills and the proper tools.

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Region: Island County

Overall rating: 5 paddles.

Launch: Free boat launch suitable for kayaks. Gravel

Launch rating: 5 paddles.

Parking: Free parking. Seemed ample but fisherman take over and on nice days picnic people. Washington State public lands parking permit

Miscellaneous Beginner up with skills and gear.

Route Distance: 3 mile paddle round trip.

Highlights: Quiet, views of mountains on sunny or Simpson's type days.

Warnings: Tides, currents, wind and watch valuables in vehicle. Cold water KILLS. Aircraft are the main fossil fuel noise here.

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

Facilities: Toilet,life vests in shed,picnic tables. No water.

Services: Food,gas etc north end of Island or in Stanwood. NO kayaking gear or services.

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

More information: Visit blog or page.


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Last Update: 09.26.10 11:09am