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Sea Kayaking with Outdoor Adventures, Lopez Island and More

The third largest in the San Juan archipelago, Lopez Island is one great place for watersports. It has plenty of beaches and its warm summer temperatures and scenery brings plenty of tourists. It’s easy to get to by air or ferry – it’s only 40 minutes from Anacortes’ ferry terminal. If you enjoy sea kayaking, Lopez Island is the place to aim for.

Washington State 2010 060Imagine a gentle three-hour paddle around the island’s sheltered coast. A chance sighting of a bald eagle, a school of porpoises or even a pod of orcas. Outdoor Adventures offers this and more. An ideal activity if you’re just starting out, or want to experience something out of the ordinary.

Outdoor Adventures have been active since 1976. They know the waters around the San Juan islands better than anyone, and their mission is to make sure your outdoor experience leaves a memorable and long-lasting impression. Their leisurely three-hour kayak trips run during early summer, peak summer and fall and leave from Spencer Spit State Park. The frequency of trips is number – and ferry schedule – dependent  and reservations are required.

If you’re up for something more energetic, Outdoor Adventures offer a sea kayak trip around the San Juan Islands lasting a whole five days. Quite simply, it’ll be an unforgettable maritime experience in this beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest. What a way to discover the State Parks, the unique marine biology and stunning coastline. You’ll paddle, hike, pitch tents, cook and learn plenty. Don’t forget your camera either, the islands’ sunsets are stunning.

New to the art of sea kayaking? No need to worry, Outdoor Adventures provide basic instruction which is safe and effective. Their guides are all ACA certified so your safety is guaranteed. They provide a one day course which runs all year, so you’ll soon be armed with all the skills you need to be an able and confident paddler.

Iceberg_Point_Lopez_Island_Washington_USAOne of Outdoor Adventures’ show-stoppers is their annual “Deception Pass Dash.” This event is open to kayaks, canoes and SUPs and the course runs for an energetic six miles. Understandably, the required skill level is not for complete novices, but you don’t need to be a lifelong paddler either. Experience certainly counts as Deception Pass is anything but calm, and the course presents quite a challenge. Open to age groups from 16 upwards, this year’s dash is planned for mid December.

Fun, safety and responsibility are Outdoor Adventures’ watchwords. They have a wealth of experience behind them and an in-depth knowledge of their surroundings. Whether it’s flat water or something a lot more challenging, there’ll be adventure waiting. For details of their full services and for reservations, call 425-833-9039.

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