Edmonds Underwater Park
Also known as Bruce Higgins Underwater Trails, this site is one of the best known and most popular in the Puget Sound region, visited by over 25,000 divers annually. Part of the Brackett’s Landing Shoreline Sanctuary Conservation Area, this site is a marine protected area and features some of the biggest Cabezon and Lingcod in the area. The park was built and maintained by a small group of volunteers that can be seen out making repairs and improvements on weekends.
Because of the long surface swim to the descent point, and the relatively shallow depth (45′), many divers will plan on one longer dive instead of two at this site. To dive the site, pick a descent point and follow the many rope lines laid out in a grid pattern, remembering to keep out of the 300′ ferry terminal exclusion zone. There are many man-made underwater structure and wrecks to inspect for marine life. In addition to Cabezon and Lingcod, divers can find Striped seaperch, Tube snout, Painted greenling, Rockfish, Dungeness crab, and dozens of other fish and invertebrate species.
Parking at Edmonds Underwater Park can be tight, especially on weekends, but a restroom/changing room and showers help. After the dive, try one of the restaurants along Railroad Ave. Trivia note: Seattle Dive Tours Divemasters Chris Chambers & Chen Hsu were married at the site in June 2013.
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Dive Site Map of Edmonds Underwater Park
Dive site maps of Edmonds Underwater Park are not available online but can be purchased at local Edmonds-area dive shops, with the proceeds helping to maintain the park.