Mukilteo State Park
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 5
Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds
The main attraction at this site are the two clay ledges found within easy shore access.
From the entry point take a 240 degree heading and you will swim out over a large cobble bottom wich gives way to sand then a narrow band of eelgrass in the summer then at about 15 feet deep the sandy bottom drops off steeply. You should hit the larger, southern ledge in the middle at about 55-60 feet depending on the tide. The ledge is about 60 feet long and 5-8 feet tall. It is clay and full of holes from clams that house lots of gunnels, sculpin, shrimp, gobies, and other critters. Work your way back to the north of the ledge and then go straight up the bank to hit another short ledge at 35-40 feet deep that is maybe 3 feet tall at the highest point. Its about 30 feet long. Continue straight up and enjoy your safety stop on top of the shelf checking out the eelgrass and cobble.
The current can be strong here. If you are a beginer or weak swimmer or just dont like current, be sure to dive it at slack or low exchange.
How to get there:
From NB I-5 take HWY 525 (AKA the Mukilteo speedway) From SB I-5 Take WB hwy 526 and follow until it meets up with 525. Take a right on 525. Follow 525 to the end. As you approach the water there will be ferry waiting lanes on the right. Don't get in those. Continue to the stop sign right in front of the ferry and take a left. Watch for state park entrance on your left. Once in the park, continue straigh past the large parking lot towards the boat ramp. Continue to the lot to the left of the boat ramp. There is a short paved path to the beach next to a play structure at the end of the lot at the turn around. That is the entry point.
Thanks to Slobert for submitting this site!
|Firstly, I want to thank Jeremy for not catching the stubby squid so I could see it. Anyway, kind of a cool dive. There were a couple of sandy ledges that were full of gunnels and gobies. I also enjoyed the eel grass beds that were in more shallow water. Jeremy found a tiny grunt sculpin...awesome find. He was so cute. Also enjoyable was watching a trio of crab fight for territory.|
|An enjoyable dive. Current wasn't bad in spite of diving off slack. We saw all manner of gunnels, crab, shrimp, gobies, grunt sculpin, stubby squid, tube snouts, sand dabs and starry flounder, shiner perch, white spotted greenling, and copper rockfish. |