Blake Island Loop
2 miles from Manchester
4 miles to loop around the island
Manchester Loop shown = 9 miles
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Paddling around Blake Island is possible from many directions but this particular trip is from access at Manchester, a much shorter water crossing than from King County. Manchester has a nice boat launch and park. The Port of Manchester has a small launch fee with a machine that takes credit cards. Unfortunately, no overnight parking is allowed.
From the docks, it is a 2 mile direct line to the beach at the NW corner of Blake Island. There you will find the Cascadia Marine Trail Camp. Skirting the north shore, you'll reach the east end of the island and the small harbor at Tillicum Village. After exploring the harbor, the best place to come ashore is south of the harbor, go around the rock jetty. The large campground has 44 sites and is mostly used by motor & sail boaters. Continueing south to the southern point of the island is another camp with a few campsites. At this point, you can paddle up the east shoreline to complete the loop.
A longer return trip is to paddle from the south end of the island south to the Southworth area. Then follow the shoreline past homes in the communities of Harper, South Colby, Colby, Colchester and finally Manchester.
Washington Kayak & Canoe Trips
Take Highway 16 to Sedgewick Road the first Port Orchard Exit. Follow Sedgewick Road to Locker Road SE, it will go to SE Southworth Drive. Follow to Colchester Dr. SE. Follow to Manchester and drop down to the parking area along the waterfront.
Port of Manchester
Port of Manchester dock and distant Blake Island
Beach near the Tillicum Village
Cascadia Marine Trail camp beach
Cascadia Marine Trail Camp
Blake Island State Park
Homes south of Manchester
Camps at the south side of the island
Raccoons at low tide
South end of the island