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Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to get out on the waters of Skagit County and the nearby San Juan Islands, whether for a quick paddle or a trip lasting several days.

Paddlers can enjoy beautiful vistas and see wildlife from a different perspective while gliding quietly along a shoreline, exploring a secluded cove or hitting the open waters around the islands.

Sea kayaks typically are used in the waters of Puget Sound. They are longer, have faster hull speeds and are less affected by the weather than kayaks designed for inland waters.

The saltwater is where most of the action is, but Skagit County has plenty of lakes, rivers and sloughs to enjoy depending on your expertise.

For a list of places go kayaking throughout the county, go to Paddle Heaven.

People new to paddling can get a scenic introduction at Deception Pass State Park. Kayak rentals through Anacortes Kayak Tours are available seasonally at Bowman Bay, and a guide can take the whole family on a short trip.

Anacortes Kayak Tours also offers half-day, full-day, family friendly and multi-day sea kayak tours through the San Juan Islands.

A major Northwest kayaking event to watch for is the Deception Pass Dash held each December. Close to 200 kayakers race from Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park through the pass as the tide changes from flooding into the inlet waters to ebbing back out to sea.

To participate in the dash, visit: rubycreekboathouse.com/deception-pass-dash.