Kayaking Obstruction Island

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Kayking Obstruction Island

Kayaking Obstruction Island: An Easy Orcas Island Paddle

Obstruction Island is a place for (relatively) safe and easy kayaking on Orcas Island if you’re style is paddling without a guide. What follows is a description of the route, followed by a GPX track and map.

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]afety is always an important consideration when kayaking. Group opportunities for kayaking with Orcas or other paddling adventures abound in the San Juan Islands — but many places aren’t recommended for the newbie or less-experienced kayaker. Tales are told  of kayakers getting “whisked off to Canada” on an unexpected current.

During a recent mother-daughter trip to Orcas Island, I wanted to find a satisfying paddle that wouldn’t land us in the water or on some other, unintended, island.

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But an intended island is a good thing! Boasting that you’ve circumnavigated an entire island sounds impressive. You don’t have to reveal that the said island was only .3406 square miles. The trip, going at my leisurely pace, took just under 1.5 hours.

Obstruction Island sits in Obstruction Bay, just off the southeast part of Orcas Island and is mostly protected from strong winds.  Our day was a bit grey and windy; on sunnier days, you might see sea birds or harbor seals.

Several homes can be seen from shore. People actually live (or, perhaps, have vacation homes) on Obstruction Island, which is only accessible by boat so motorized craft are allowed. So, at times, you’ll need to watch for their wakes. Several small beach areas suitable for landing a kayak can be seen around the island if you need a rest or want to stop for a snack.

Getting There:

If you want to take this journey, don’t go to Obstruction Pass State Park — go there to hike, but not to launch your boat. Navigate to Orcas Island Kayaks by the Lieber Haven Marina (see map below) even if you don’t need to rent. There you’ll find a dock, a boat ramp, and beach area — for whatever launch style floats your boat.

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Our Route

Our route and map are now on a separate page to improve site load times for those who don’t really care about viewing the map. Click here or the map below and it will take you to the map page with the GPX track (from Gaia GPS now) and the map for our launch site.

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Cheryl
Cherylhttps://www.pnwbeyond.com
Cheryl writes Pacific Northwest and Beyond and several other blogs. Right now, she's undergoing home renovations and renovating her blogs as well. She's also the proud new owner of an e-bike. Her skinny wheel days may be over but she's seriously into rockin' those grocery shopping trips these days on her funky looking bike with her sporty mask! However, she's also planning on getting on the trail again and resuming writing posts on this blog about the PNW! She's also wrapping her head around finally writing that series about the North Coast 500 route she's been putting off. Life's been different this year of COVID-19, but I'm finally not letting it derail all plans!

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Kayaking Obstruction Island

Obstruction Island just off the southeast part of Orcas Island is a good place for beginner-intermediate kayakers to paddle without being carried away by currents. Here's more about this satisfying island circumnavigation paddle.

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