Some of us did advance scouting beforehand and found a good combination of launch site and parking availability at the public beach on the south side of Alki Point, where 63rd Ave SW meets Beach Drive. The parking was completely open in the morning when we arrived, and there were no parking time limits to be concerned about. Plus the beach had a porta-potty literally hidden within the bushes for our pre-emptying ceremony prior to getting into those tight cockpits for an hour+.
The paddle across was relaxing, and we timed the tides/currents right such that it was an easy straight line route without needing directional correction. It was important to keep an eye out in the distance for cargo vessels and drunk speed boaters, but neither were ever a problem.
We headed for the most developed section of the park on the island's east side, with its Native American replica longhouse clearly visible all the way from Alki. That section of the park included a marina, picnic shelters, concession stand, and the largest grouping of campsites. We stopped in to make reservations for the Tillicum Village Native American salmon bake / dance show and do a pit stop, and then headed out again around the northern side of the island.
The Washington Water Trails Association (of which we're members) had 3 campsites on the far northwest point of Blake Island, all exclusively reserved for campers that arrive by human-powered watercraft. By the time we arrived mid-afternoon, those first-come-first-served spots were already claimed by other kayakers. So we continued a bit further around to the dozen sites on the beach at West Campground and mingled with the sailboat and powerboat campers.
After getting situated, we hiked through wooded trails back over to Tillicum Village for the salmon bake and Native American dance show. Amazingly, this little boaters-only tourist trap has been around since 1962 and appears to be going strong and getting stronger. It was interesting but felt a bit cheesy; the Walt Disney World version of Native American history. However, most in our group enjoyed it and liked its positive message plus brief renditions of culturally important stories.
After watching a sunset over the cloud-crusted Olympic Mountains, we bedded down for the evening at the water's edge. The next morning we hiked a bit within the park's forest trails before continuing on our circumnavigation of the island around the west and south sides, stopping at the main activity area again and then heading back across the Sound. Currents pushed us onto a bit of a U for the way back, so it took longer than the earlier approach but was still a good paddle on a great day with terrific company.