Take a San Juan Islands 4 day tour with Alder Creek kayak.

  • Explore local islands, traveling by kayak, while taking advantage of tidal currents.
  • Distance touring of 4- 10 miles of paddling per day.  (more is available during evening paddling)
  • Start to develop the tools needed to complete a multi-day tour on your own.
  • Experience boat packing, menu planning, navigation, group safety, paddling in wind and waves and practicing boat handling skills.
  • We paddle in single kayaks unless you request a double. You get to be the captain of your own vessel!

Join our coaches and staff on the San Juan Islands 4 day tour and you will experience exceptional adventure and see your paddle skills rise to a new level of understanding and expertise. We teach and lead the trip. You'll be learning group dynamics, paddle skills, navigation, efficient boat packing, boat control, and maybe even get in a swim or two to practice rescues. If you really want to go "sea kayaking" join us for this superb experience. We  provide each person with the appropriate single kayak, paddle, pfd and immersion wear for their size, ability and experience. Tandem kayaks available by request. Our staff also prepares meals and organizes camp logistics from lunch on day one to lunch on day 4.










Enjoy incredible scenery, kayak camping, great food, team camaraderie and instruction all rolled together while exploring the beautiful San Juan Islands.  The itinerary for the San Juan 4 day kayak tour starts at West Beach Resort (accommodations available before and after the trip) located on Orcas Island, we'll spend the morning getting boats, paddles and group gear divided up and learning how to pack our kayaks. Once geared up we'll launch and head for Jones Island. On this trip we operate out of a base camp at Jones Island, days two and three are spent exploring around Jones and the nearby Wasp Islands. There is plenty of time to explore both on land and by kayak, relax and enjoy the incredible scenery.  We paddle back to Orcas Island  on Sunday afternoon so you can catch a ferry and head home at a reasonable time.

Meeting Place: We will meet on Orcas Island at West Beach Resort.

Gear List:

Gear list video...

For the Water:

Tennis shoes or river sandals with wool socks or wetsuit booties

Sunglasses with retention device (i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)

Sunscreen (SPF 30), lip balm (SPF 15)

Sun hat, rain hat, and/or fleece hat

Synthetic top and bottom (thermal underwear, heavier wt. for cooler weather)

Rain coat and rain pants

Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit
Water bottle (1 quart)

Towel and change of clothes for ride home


For Camp:


Tent - COMPACT and SMALL (Alder Creek provides tarps for group areas)


1 pair walking shorts

2 cotton T shirts

Synthetic pile pants and jacket

Rain coat and pants

2 pair underwear

Towel (small)

Toilet kit

Long sleeve shirt

Sunglasses w/strap (chums or croakies)

Insect repellent

Flashlight w/spare bulb and batteries

Spare eye glasses or contacts

Shoes and socks

small dry bags to store personal gear

Optional Gear:

Camera with film, batteries and dry storage


Writing tablet and pen

Fishing gear and license

Crazy Creek chair (small)

Musical instruments (check w/us to make sure it is appropriate)


Alder Creek provides dry bags for your personal gear and group gear for camp. We can also provide all boats, paddles, and PFD's. If you have any questions about what to bring please contact us. Alder Creek has a full line of paddling equipment and accessories. We would be happy to assist you in getting outfitted for your trip. Please remember to keep your personal gear to a minimum, but keep your comfort in mind.

SPECIAL NOTE: We have chosen not to provide alcohol on our trips. If you would like to bring your own please feel free to do so, we will help with the storage and transportation. Aluminum, plastic and foil bags are easier to store than glass. We do not have alcohol on youth only trips.