Ala Spit kayak launch put Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington State
This kayak put in is or I should say was on Friday March 5, 2010 a climb over a cement wall or through and over log driftwood. The tide goes in and the tide goes out. Could be bit of a haul to the waters edge or back out to the parking area. Rocky, muddy combo when the tide is ebbing like it did this little trip. See the tide example from La Conner down and across the Skagit Bay. The tides and currents need to be taken into consideration if paddling here.
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Ala Spit to Dugualla Bay Whidbey Island is one way to see some of the north east side of Whidbey Island. This place has knock out views of the Cascade Mountains from Mount Baker south as well as the islands including Fidalgo Island, Deadman Islands. Ika Island, Goat Island, Hope Island, Skagit Island, Kiket Island and much, much more.
On a clear day like the movie title it seems a paddler can see for ever here. On the right day when the clouds are high or not around there is a sweeping spectacle to the east. Another Avatar of a paddle scene unfolds before your eyes. Breath taking at almost every dip of the paddle.
Ala Spit can be a jumping off point for kayaking the Skagit Bay and the many islands if you are inclined to do open ocean kayaking. For them with the proper equipment and educated in skills needed to do such paddling this is a wonderful spot to wander to the many places that can be seen off in the distance.
The route on this day was a shore huger paddle to Dugualla Bay and back along a less raped coast line. In other words if you stay close enough in you can pretend the bluff above the fir and Madrone trees is not really lined with hog houses.
This route helped with a nature nature deficit disorder. Want shorelines with human interruptus all around? There are plenty of those places to find. Where there is water there are hog houses and more. "Live simply so others can simply live." That can go for nature as well.
The route is more like a river at times. Between Ala Spit and Hope Island is a current when the tide does its thing going in or out draining the Skagit Bay area. So timing is a good thing here. Check the tide tables.
With the right timing this can be more or less a free ride up and back along this paddle. Once in the water and heading south the tide ebbing was not all that hardcore on Friday March 5, 2010. It was very do able. Every person and every paddle adventure is different. So know your limits.
Critters Waterfowl, starfish and other sea life at lower tide.
Relaxation meter. After walking the spit and finally getting in the water the paddle to Dugualla and back was on the positive for the MBS, mind, body and spirit. Some good strong stroking and soaking in the rays of the sun and scenery was a 5 paddle high.
Washington State Aerial Photos Ala Spit area. See the put in and spit from the air. Click on the right and left arrows to see the route or other possible routes.
Deliverance rating. The creep meter rating for people around here is fairly low. Lots of people walk dogs here so there is plenty of traffic to keep the meth addicts in check. :) Its true!!!