The 38-foot tower of the Patos Lighthouse is a beacon to shipping traffic passing through the
region to Vancouver B.C.
You can see large container
ships and fishing vessels passing by the island at all hours,
day and night and seasonally you may be fortunate enough to
see some whales making Patos an interesting place to tie up
for a few days.
The waters around Patos
Island are alive with swirling and churning currents that give it an
eerie feeling and present you with unique challenges. Tides at Patos
Island can rise and fall 14 feet.
a stone set in the middle of a running stream, Patos is subjected to
wild currents as the tides fill and empty Puget Sound twice a day.
The shipping lane off Patos Island's west shore is a deep abyss that
handles massive volumes of water as well as a large amount of
shipping traffic. When a changing tide current meets head on with
wave action the result is extremely rough seas even on calm days
making the waters off Patos notorious for small watercraft.
Looking West From Patos Island You Get A Clear View Of The
Shipping Lanes And Vancouver Island Canada. Patos also offers great
Cove & Anchorage
The small cove on the south side of the island offers protection
to visiting boats that are fortunate enough to grab one of only 2
mooring buoys. Anchoring is not recommended due to
the strong currents
that swirl through the cove from the small opening in the side of
the cove and the rocky bottom that seems to resist anchors. At times
it can also be difficult to nearly impossible to row ashore due to
the flow of water through the cove.
Patos Wildlife & Trails
Patos Island is home to a population of puffins,
ducks and assorted seabirds. The waters surrounding Patos are
reported to be excellent for fishing especially for Salmon and
Halibut. Patos Island is designated as a Federal Wilderness Area
which means you are only allowed to access portions of the 110 acre
island. There is a 1 1/2 mile trail loop and 7 campsites as well as
two pit toilets however there is no potable water on the island.
Note: The mysterious Patos Head statues can be very elusive and
shy around humans. Its not known for sure what the purpose of these
40-ton monoliths where created for. It is believed that perhaps
these giant heads were carved by island natives for worship and
religious ceremonies, to ward off would be invaders, or they may
have just been created by someone bored at their computer at work
one day. If you don't happen to see any weird head statues during
your visit to Patos don't worry, they are likely just at their other
home on Easter Island, Chile.