This blog covers trips from the book and other favorites. Contact Rob in Seattle: or 206-465-7167


Paddling Mats Mats Bay, Trip #33

Overview from Paradise Bay Road.
If you're looking for a mellow bay to paddle in with minimal development for all skill levels, Mats Mats bay is one of my favorites.  Located a few minutes north of Port Ludlow and a few miles south of Marrowstone Island, Mats Mats is very protected but has additional options for those seeking more exploring.

Launch directly into the bay on Vernon Road off Paradise Bay Road.  Lots of parking and great for big groups.  The bay's opening into the Puget Sound is very narrow (for rec boaters) but ideal for paddlers.  Once into the Sound, heading right or south will take you to a series of rocks with a great harbor seal population.  To the left takes you north past beach homes.  Views to the south include Foulweather Bluff on the Kitsap Peninsula, to the east Whidbey Island and to north Marrowstone Island.  Mats Mats is Trip #33 in the book.

Tip: Paradise Bay Road is a quick and scenic route connecting Hood Canal Bridge with Port Hadlock.  I prefer it to Hwy 104 or Chimacum Road.

Entry connecting Mats Mats to the Sound

Learn more about my book Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips. I also offer SUP and Kayak lessons available throughout the year at Salmon Bay Paddle. Questions about paddling on the Salish Sea, give me a holler anytime at or 206-465-7167

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