Kopachuck State Park
10598 56th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA
Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Access: Difficult Shore Entry
Amenities: Public Mooring
Aquatic Life: 3
Large Wreck, Tire Reef, Eel Grass Beds
Dropping down the northern most mooring buoy, head directly out to about 60fsw to run into the tire reef. The reef consists of several large piles of tires housing rockfish, perch and the occasional lingcod. There is a rope connecting the large piles of tires. If you continue north from the end of the tire reef you will come across the remains of a large barge. It is mostly buried in silt and sand now but the size of it is impressive to swim around. However, there is very little life on the barge itself.
Near the beach, there are large beds of sand dollars, an oyster bed and large expanses of sandy bottom that are fun to explore. This would be a great location for beginners if there wasn’t the risk of having to hike your gear down the hill. Good location for crab, perch and flounder. Nice place to snorkel too during the summer where the eel grass is around.
The walk down the hill can be overbearing. Try to find a park attendant and ask permission to open the gate and drive your gear to the water. From there the entry isn't too bad but it might mean a couple terrible walks up and down the hill with gear if no attendant is available.
How to get there:
From WA-16, take the Wollochet Dr NW/City Center exit and follow the signs to Kopachuck State Park. The beach access is just past the entry to the campgrounds.
Thanks to Rush for submitting this site!