Despite how it looks on google maps, in many places in the East Arm, the shoreline has steep smooth rocks rising out of the lake, which makes landing a kayak difficult (I think it would be a little easier in a canoe). But the islands are beautiful, with some scenic open hiking along some of the taller ones.
If you have hardshell boats (as opposed to folders), a charter boat ride is probably the best way to get right into the islands for paddling. Some tips from my experience there:
- Bring a satellite phone.
- the fishing is excellent
- but practice proper bear safety, as bears (good swimmers) are very common on the islands. We shared a small island with a mother and cub until they got bored and swam off.
- be prepared to paddle very early in the morning (3 or 4 am) in order to avoid thundershowers
- bugs were variable (in our case, bad in am, non-existent in pm)
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