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Paddling Kayak Point to Stillaguamish River

Kayak Point Snohomish County Park is 8 miles south of Stanwood Washington and about 20 miles north of Everett and 48 miles north of Seattle.

Kayak Point has a $5 entrance fee which include any launch fee and parking.

Launching is from a long graveled beach. The kayak camping if you paddle in to the park is on the very north end of the park in a grass area across from the beach. See the signs.

When to go?
Kayaking at Kayak Point can be a 4 season proposition. The weather around here is not that harsh. If you have the gear and skills this can be an interesting choice. The BEST time to go is when the time is flooding. Otherwise starting in the Warm Beach area the entire region is a GIANT mudflat. Check out the map from Google to see how extensive of an area the mud takes up.

Eagles, Swans, Herons, thousand of Snow Geese, Kingfishers, ducks and song birds. Birds come and go. The Snow Geese and Swans visit in the winter.

Swans and gunfire kayaking rant.

Paddling Kayak Point to Stillaguamish River or south to Tulalip Bay or further sea kayaking touring to outer islands etc.

The 1.29.10 paddle route from Kayak Point to the Stillaguamish River area was on a warm gray January day.

Conditions in the water were breezy on the way north and then placid on the southern trip back to the park.

This area offered up much more in terms of quiet then recent paddling in the Snohomish River Estuary between Marysville and Everett. See the Snohomish Island County. But like most of Washington State or Earth now days, planes and tons of other fossil fuel noise is right around the corner. There is a minute or two and then a helicopter, jet, small plane, boat, Harley or you name will start roaring. The noise level here is about a low as it comes in Western Washington.

The route north to the river is fairly decent with the average amount of hog houses along the shoreline. In summer months when most will be pounding the water here, leaves will hide a lot of the human stuff on the shore. In the winter be prepared for the burning garbage along Warm Beach.

This paddle was at the tail end of the killing season. Upon reaching the gunfire from the north end of Camano Island, the mouth of the Stilly, and off in the distance at the Skagit Wildlife Area will get some that aren't used to it, sit up straight in the kayak. I thought the screech of a Heron was startling. If you don't live in a neighborhood with gunfire or not used to the sounds you are in for a big surprise. The gunfire echoes across Port Susan.

Tens of thousands of snoose geese and other birds are kept in the air by either the gun fire or helicopters that harass them, I assume until they either drop from exhaustion, starvation or shot down, then the howl of the the dogs retrieving them. I am not sure. I am not into animal abuse. I have no clue what the point is.

The clouds of waterfowl looked like a black white version of the northern lights rushing across the sky in different directions. Gunfire would echo and off they would go in another direction.

Between the fossil fuel noise, gunfire, aircraft etc the geese honked while racing here and there.

All this was a backdrop to Swans and Herons minding their own business just off the bow of the kayak.

Sunday January 31 is supposed to be the last big gunfire blow out for birders. Looking forward to going to the "Killing Fields" Skagit Wildlife area to check out the bird life that is left.

This particular route ended at the Stillaguamish River Estuary where it meets Port Susan. The gunfire there was just what I need to high tail it back to the park before the gate was locked for the night.

Over all this route gets a high rating due to the spectacular birding plus the park is very nice. By the way, if you are regular user of Snohomish County Parks they offer season passes.

Washington Shoreline Photos Kayak Point. See the coastline of the route to the Stillaguamish River. Click on the left or right arrows on the side of the pictures and view the coastline of the route.

Deliverance rating.
The creep meter is a little below average of 3 out of 10 being the creepiest. There are wackos everywhere. The shoreline to and from the park to the river seems safe enough. The river is another matter with drunks etc. fishing. There are car break ins in the Kayak Point Parking lot.

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View Snohomish Island Counties kayak put ins. in a larger map

48.135421,-122.365208 GPS coordinates of innies and outties put in kayak launch site.

Approximate distance from:
Seattle 48 miles.
Everett 20 miles.
Bellingham 52 miles.
Vancouver Canada 163 KM.
Portland Oregon 221 miles.

48.13730,-122.36676 GPS coordinates of innies and outties put in kayak launch site.

Stanwood USGS store topographic quadrangle featuring Kayak Point and Stillaguamish River mouth to Hat Slough.

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Region: Snohomish County

Overall rating: 5 paddles.

Launch: $5 park entrance fee.

Launch rating: 5 paddles.

Parking: Fee includes parking. This park is popular on nice days so come early. Washington State public lands parking permit

Miscellaneous Beginner and up. Kayak Point might be a decent place for beginners to try some ocean sea kayaking.

Highlights: Nice park. Views of Camano Island, Olympic Mountains, fishing, crabbing in season.

Warnings: WIND, waves, tides, currents. Wind often times comes from the south in the afternoons. Cold water. Mudflats in the Warm Beach area. Average amount of noise.

Fossil fuel noise levels: 2 on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the loudest.

Facilities: Restrooms, picnic shelters, dock for crabbing and fishing, regular camping, yurt rentals, kayak camping.

Services: Warm beach about 4 miles has food. Gas is 10 miles away in Stanwood.

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

More information: Visit blog or page.


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Last Update: 03.16.11 11:12am