Kayaking Burrows Island

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We launched from Skyline Beach Club in Anacortes. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 48.492458, -122.687471  The black blob on the left side of the photo is an excited little dog that insisted on yipping at us as we packed our boats.

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Tidepooling

Burrows Island provided many opportunities for low-tide exploration. We saw plenty of chitons, starfish, limpets, anemones, crabs, shellfish, tubeworms, and other mysterious creatures. Some of the best creatures were only visible from the water (kayak).

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Campsite

We camped at the CMT campsite on Alice Bight on the eastern shore of Burrows Island. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 48.480722, -122.689729 

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There are two campsites and a very nice toilet.

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We found lots of ripe salmon berries to snack on.

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Our first day on the island was windy so we stayed out of our kayaks — and explored the forests and tidepools near our campsite instead. Oh, and napped.

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Fun on our beach. In the evening, everything left on the sand would be immediately covered in tiny gnat-sized bugs.

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Kayaking

We had hoped to circumnavigate Burrows Island, but the tides and weather were not in our favor. We did explore the east coast as far south as Young Island, and went around the north coast to the abandoned lighthouse and coast guard station on the west side.

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Abandoned Lighthouse

Burrows Island Light is on the west end of Burrows Island. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 48.478056, -122.713611  It is no longer manned, having been automated in 1972. The remaining structures are decomposing, but a restoration is planned. We landed our kayaks at a small beach on northwest end of the island. See in Google Maps See on a USGS topographic map See in Google Earth 48.478677, -122.712891 

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There is a trail up to hilltop views on the sparsely-treed south side of the island. Allan Island is the next island to the south.

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