Skagit Island Sea Kayak Camping [Video]

Join me for an overnight sea kayaking paddle to little Skagit Island.  We photograph the beautiful Pacific madrone trees (Arbutus menziesii) that grow along its rocky shoreline.

We load the sea kayak with overnight camping gear, make the quick paddle across Skagit Bay, set up camp and explore the 0.9 mile trail above the shoreline of Skagit Island. In addition to photographing the madrone trees, we see racoon, great blue heron, downy woodpecker, wildflowers, little patches of prairie and stars orbiting through the nighttime sky.

Skagit Island Marine State Park has two campsites ashore, one only for guests arriving by wind- or human-powered watercraft.  It also has two mooring buoys just offshore. It is one of 66 camps and 160 day-use sites available along the Cascadia Marine Trail system, running the full length of Puget Sound.

Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) overlooking Skagit Bay, Skagit Island Marine State Park, Skagit County, Washington State, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) overlooking Skagit Bay, Skagit Island Marine State Park

Grassy meadow on rocky coast overlooking Skagit Bay, Skagit Island Marine State Park, Skagit County, Washington State, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Grassy meadow on rocky coast overlooking Skagit Bay, Skagit Island Marine State Park

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