Destination: Kisameet BayWednesday, November 05, 2014S.V. CAMBRIA
There’s not a lot of information written about
, and I’m not exactly sure why.
It’s a beautiful spot dotted with moss covered islets and islands begging
to be explored by kayak. And if you’re
fortunate enough to experience the anchorage through the lens of mist and fog, it
has a surreal quality to it. Kisameet Bay
The problem is the bay is poorly charted so the rocks and reefs that lend Kisameet its character are, in reality, hazards.
If approaching from the north, as we did, it’s possible to enter south of the largest of the
and a visible rock mid-channel, but be very careful. Using Navionics, our track had us clear of
the shoal off the main island but, according to a large kelp patch marking the
way, the shallows extended further into the channel than it was charted. The approach from the south, however, is free
from obstacles. Kisameet Islands
Once inside the bay, other dangers exist and some of the rocks and reefs appear to be charted inaccurately. One example of this is the rock along the eastern shore just south of the creek that leads to
. It’s shown as three
individual rocks very close to shore, but they’re actually all connected and much
farther away from Kisameet Lake than indicated.
If you don’t keep a close eye on the chart while you’re entering, it’s
possible to confuse this as the entrance to the main anchorage. It’s not.
But, while many of the hazards are underwater at high water, they’re
visible when the tide is 2 metres or less (6.6 feet), and navigating becomes
easier. King Island
The best protection is in the northwest corner of the bay south of
. According to the Douglass
book, “Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia” the holding is good in
mud in depths of 10 to 20 metres (33 to 66 feet). Another boat was anchored there when we
arrived so, with the winds forecasted to come from the southeast overnight, we picked
a spot in a small bight off King Island . The protection was good, but
the holding was fair in rock in depths of 20 metres (66 feet). The most scenic anchorage lies between the
three King Island in 10 metres (33 feet). We
didn’t anchor there ourselves and can’t report on the bottom but, based on what
I saw while kayaking, it’s probably rock.
Waypoints of Interest:
Entrance: 51°57.771’N, 127°53.876’W (northern)
51°56.686’N, 127°54.189’W (southern)
Anchorages: 51°57.803’N, 127°53.011’W (our anchorage)
51°58.133’N, 127°53.085’W (recommended)
51°58.010’N, 127°53.405’W (most scenic)