Gordon Point Park
Gordon Point Park
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 3
The attraction to this site are the several small vessels that sunk at the marina during a storm in the 90’s. Some are little more than piles of debris while others are still mostly intact. The site begins as a gradual cobble slope which begins to drop off more steeply beyond the intertidal line. Head left toward the marina. The second piling from the end of the first set of pilings you encounter marks a boat that is still in tact in about 25-30’. The last piling to the right of the set of pilings at the south end of the dock marks another couple of boats in varying degrees of decomposition ranging from 30’-40’ deep.
Besides the boats themselves there are plenty of critters to see including rockfish, lingcod, sculpin, painted greenlings, gunnels, crab, etc.
This is a private marina. Please do not do anything that would annoy the owners and do not head under the marina itself or climb on docks. There are some derelict nets and debris that should be avoided on the southern end of the docks. The boats that are still intact have many dangers and snags inside of them and should not be entered. There may be current on large tidal exchanges that often back eddy.
This beach is listed on the WDFW website as a marine sanctuary. Fishing is prohibited.
How to get there:
Located a short way south of the Ferry Terminal in Steilacoom on the intersection of 1st and Champion, right next to the railroad tracks. You can get here from the Dupont-Steilacoom Hwy by turning west on Martin Street (a couple blocks inland from the ferry terminal), take a left on 2nd and a right on Champion. You’ll be looking straight at the parking area for the park at the bend in the road. There are about 6-8 parking spots along the road. Gear up here and walk on the foot bridge over the train tracks to the small beach with a covered picnic area. You'll see the Marina to the left (South).
Thanks to Rush for submitting this site!