A fun and easy paddle on Willapa Bay with less wind and waves than Nahcotta. Put in at the boat launch at the south end of the Bay and paddle up the eastern side of the Long Island.
If you go in before high tide and paddle north there are creeks which appear that you can paddle up into the Island. Watch which way the sea grass is bending because the creeks empty fast as the tide goes out. You will be paddling against the tide both ways, unless you go North around the tip of the Island and come out at Nahcotta.
This is a 9 to 10 mile paddle and the winds and chop can be nasty when you cross the main channel to Nahcotta. There are many places to get out and stretch or eat lunch on the Island. If you plan to do the longer paddle start early and watch the tides and wind prediction.
A short but pretty paddle is to put in at Oysterville on the incoming tide and paddle to Nahcotta with the wind at your back. About 4 to 5 miles but quick when the wind and tide are with you. At Oysterville you drive down a dirt lane past the Oysterville pier and put in on tidal flats. I always park my car back up by the pier in case of unusual tidal event (!). If you do this be fast as the incoming tide can claim your kayak in just a few minutes while you are away. This is an easy paddle great for taking beginners on a bright sunny day.