WildcatCoveMeetingPlace2015 (click to download as a .pdf)
- Our Full-Day and Half-Day trips launch from Wildcat Cove in Larrabee State Park.
- This boat ramp is on Cove Road off of Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11) just south of Bellingham and Fairhaven.
- To get there from either direction, simply drive along Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11) in Larrabee state park, keeping an eye out for the brown and white boat ramp signs. Following those signs, turn west onto Cove Road (towards the water).
- Parking at Wildcat Cove requires a Washington State Parks Discover Pass. Bring yours if you have one, or pay $10 for a day pass when you arrive. http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/
- Take a look at the map here, or give us a call at (360) 738-7664 for more info.
Day Trip Gear List
Dress in a few light layers rather than one heavy one. This will allow you to adjust easily to changing weather conditions or activity level. We recommend synthetic fibers such as polypropylene or nylon because of their ability to dry quickly and polyester fleece for its ability to retain body heat when wet. You will put your feet in the water when getting in and out of the kayak, so be sure to wear footwear that you do not care about getting in saltwater. Wet suit booties, sandals, or old tennis shoes work well.
- Shots with polypropylene/merino wool longs johns (my personal favorite!) OR Pants that can “push up” to your knee
- T-shirt/Long sleeve shirt
- Insulating layer, such as a long sleeve poly or merino wool layer
- Light Jacket for wind and/or rain
- Rain Pants
- Hats: for sun or cold
- Gloves: synthetic or neoprene
- Footwear: wet suit booties, sandals (with backs) or old shoes
- High energy snacks
- One quart (at least) of water
- Lunch for a full day trip, unless catered
- Bring at least one litre of water!
- Bring lunch for a full day trip unless it is catered (most trips are catered)
- Use your own judgement to be prepared for weather changes
- You may not need all that is listed, use it as a good reference and check list
Suggested Clothing and Equipment for a 2-3 Day Trip
- Long underwear: polypropylene or merino wool tops and bottoms (1-2)
- Pants: quick-drying synthetic (1-2)
- Sweaters/jacket/vest: synthetic pile (1-2)
- Socks: wool or thick synthetic (3-5)
- Undies: one for each day of course
- Shorts/T Shirt/tank tops: synthetic (1)
- Rain Gear: top, bottom and hat (rain gear that works well can make the difference for a comfortable experience)
- Sun Hat: brimmed
- Warm Hat: wool or synthetic pile
- Mittens/Gloves: synthetic pile
- Paddling Gloves: neoprene are best
- Footwear: for paddling
- Footwear: for camp and walking (socks with sandals work well if you’d like to fit in with Washingtonians :)
- Lunch for each day of the trip (unless catered)
- High energy snacks
- Water bottle (filled)
- Small day pack
- Sunscreen/Lip salve
- Flashlight or headlamp/extra batteries
- Personal toiletries
- Toothpaste, biodegradable soap
- Towel: quick dry or synthetic
- Insect repellent (optional)
- Tent: in good condition with a full rainfly and ground cloth
- Sleeping Bag: rated for temperatures 20 degrees F. No cotton please!
- Sleeping pad
- Camp pillow is nice
- Camera Gear: protected from salt water
- Pocket Knife
- Drawing or Writing Material
- Fishing Gear/License (optional)
- Compass (optional)
- Be prepared for weather changes.
- Use ‘dry bags’ or waterproof your nylon sacks by lining them with plastic bags.
- Pack several small bags rather than one large one
- Four small (10 L) dry bags should be sufficient for gear other than lunches, sleeping bag, pad, and tent.
- Pack compactly-this makes loading the kayaks easier
- Bring high-energy snacks, and at least one quart of water. Water for the rest of the trip will be provided.
- You may not need all of this. Use your own judgment to be prepared.
All gear lists and driving directions will be sent to you in a confirmation email upon confirming your kayaking trip reservation.