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Sea kayaking to Cutts Island

June 2003

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Kayaks on beach  at Cutts Island State Park / Kopachuck State Park, near Gig Harbor and Purdy Washington

We launched from the Wauna Purdy Spit, a small public beach and boat launch near the little town of Purdy, Washington. It provided great access for a casual paddle up along the western shore of Henderson Bay, and then we crossed over to land here on Cutts Island. The island is mostly beach at low tide, with a central madrone-filled bluff area (see below). It is officially a part of Kopachuck State Park, which is located across the water on the mainland, but is also separately called Cutts Island State Park. Boaters, swimmers, and people getting all types of seafood seem to really like hanging out here.

 

Central bluff area at Cutts Island State Park / Kopachuck State Park, near Gig Harbor and Purdy Washington

The center of the park can be accessed by a trail that meanders along the top of the bluffs. Watch out for the poison oak there. The island is slowly becoming smaller and smaller over the years, as the forces of erosion work on chipping away at the higher bluffs and replenishing the wide beaches below.

 

Josh searching for critters at Cutts Island State Park / Kopachuck State Park, near Gig Harbor and Purdy Washington

Josh, a.k.a. Crustacean Man, is out searching for critters, wigglers, and anything that moves but which can be captured. We found interesting groups of crabs, geoduck clams, anemones, oysters, hermit crabs, and lots of other things. It's a great area for marine life beachcombing.

 

 

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