We recently spent some time in Port Ludlow, Washington. We've sailed there in the past (here), kayaked (here), and even stayed at the inn (review here). An easy paddling trip is exploring Ludlow Bay - kayaks can be launched from the marina and parking is free. Need to rent kayaks? The Marina can hook you up!
~Paul & Amber ETC
We took the club on the road yet again, this time stopping by the Port Ludlow Marina (where we had sailed before). They have a nice little platform that I launched a kayak from (pic below). I went out of the bay and paddled Northward towards Colvos Rocks, a popular diving destination (map here).
The entire trip only took a couple of hours (at our typical ETC leisurely stroll - inflatable kayak plus taking tons of pictures every 5 minutes). Always watch the tides, currents, and wind - as you can see in the pics, it was super still for me. Total mileage roundtrip was around 4 miles.
Wildlife was in abundance - On the trip I saw otters, heron, eagles, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and plenty of sea stars.
You could hug the shore on this trip but it would add to your mileage considerably...I went straight for the rocks to save time, with all of my safety gear including wearing my drysuit...
With the right planning, safety gear, and conditions, a great trip for everyone. Don't want to paddle as far but still wanna see the rocks? Try putting in nearby in Mats Mats Bay.
ETC is back with part 2 of our mini Hood Canal (not really a canal, but, anyway) road-trip. Check part 1 for the map of our route, we continue with a little drive up to Lake Cushman. On the way to check out one of the Cushman dams we ran across this little gem (pic above), lake Standstill. Onward!
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