Skiff Passage

From Big Bay paddle to the far end of the NE arm of Big Bay. Follow the river-like waterway into Middle Lagoon, paddle across the lagoon, and follow the passage out. Skiff Passage goes completely dry at low tide and can only be kayaked at a high tide of 12 ft.* or more. Water floods into Skiff Pass from two directions; It flows north from Big Bay into Middle Lagoon and south from the outer coast into Middle Lagoon. When the tide turns, the water will continue to flow north from Big Bay for some time after high tide, but the tide from the outer waters will reverse direction and flow north out of Middle Lagoon back to the outer waters. Consequently, it is possible to paddle the entire length of Skiff Passage with the current when traveling from Big Bay to the outer coast. To do this, you will need to be in Middle Lagoon just after the tide has turned. When travelling in the opposite direction (south from the outer coast into Big Bay) you can paddle into Middle Lagoon with the current, but you will be going against the current from the lagoon to Big Bay. The current will be slowest just after the tide has turned, but it is possible to paddle against it at most other times. Be alert to the changing weather and sea conditions when outside the entrance of Skiff Passage and travelling the outer coast.

*Tide heights have been adjusted as per Shuyak correction factors.

Getting There

Latitude: 58.558762
Longitude: -152.591028
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