Saltwater State Park
Saltwater State Park is 10 miles South of Seattle set in old growth timber, and has an amusing back story. It was built in 1926 as a peace effort to end the historic rivalry between Seattle and Tacoma and a monument commemorates the parks construction.
Before leaving Seattle, head over to Assembly Hall to pick up a pretzel bagel & smoothie for the road, plus a griddled Frankie (an Indian style crepe filled with flavorful meats and vegetables) for lunch later.
Divers first enter the park and pay a $10.00 park entrance fee (or use a Washington State Discover Pass), then drop off gear next to the beach, before driving around to the parking area. After gearing up, head directly out 300 yards to a surface buoy that marks sunken wreck, and the start of the dive. The descent is only to about 25′, but drops off to 80′-90′ as divers tour various parts of the site. There are to rope lines to follow, an east/west line and a north/south line. The lines lead to three parallel artificial reef structures made of boulders and concrete pipes. The reefs are covered in marine life, this is another great site for Wolf eel and Giant pacific octopus. The reef is also a protected marine sanctuary and harvesting is not allowed.
Saltwater State Park has picnic benches for lunch, plus a gear rinse shower in the summer. The park closes at sunset, check locally for seasonal hours. The dive site can have some current, check the local current (not tide) tables before diving.
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