Its been awhile since I did a Destinations post. When last I did, we were working our way through the South Sound. Today, we'll pick up where we left off, but first a little South Sound refresher...
The southern part of Puget sound has a very different feel than that portion north of the Tacoma Narrows. In the South Sound, the waterways are narrower, the boat traffic seems smaller, and wonderfully, the water is warmer. You will actually see boats pulling water skiers in the South Sound. In fact, the water is warm enough for oysters to grow.Now onward to today's destination... Cutts Island is located on the Eastern shore of Carr Inlet in the South Sound, about halfway up from the South.
|South Puget Sound - excerpted from chart 18448|
Cutts Island is a State Marine Park, and is conveniently just offshore from the land-based Kopachuck State Park. This could serve as an excellent destination if you were meeting someone for a combined land-sea based vacation. (Nearby Raft Island is private.)
Other than the usual timing issues with the Tacoma Narrows, there are no surprises in the approach to Cutts Island. We like to anchor on the South side, because the tombolo stretching to the Northeast provides protection at all but high tide, making a nearly enclosed little harbor.
|Cutts Island - excerpted from Chart 18448|
Cutts Island is the ideal summer anchorage - sun, sea, and sand, and lots of activity during the day. But at night, things quiet down, the runabouts all go back to shore, and you are left with peace and quiet.
And the next morning, be sure to rise early enough to soak up the beautiful horizon-spanning sunrise.