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Harper's Ferry - Pier

Harpers Ferry
Harpers Fishing Pier
Wreck of the Barbara G.
9833 SE Southworth Dr, Port Orchard, WA
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Type: Saltwater
Difficulty:
Beginner, Intermediate
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Limited
Amenities: Restrooms

Photo Gallery:

Harpers Fishing Pier
Fishing Trawler
Scalyhead Sculpin
Frosted Nudibranch
Shaggy Mouse Nudibranch
Sea Lemon Nudibranch
Pilings on the Pier
Moon Snail
Red Rock Crab
Giant Plumose

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Features

Large Wreck, Small Wreck, Debris, Structures,

Description

Harpers Fishing Pier (aka Harpers Ferry) is a shallow, beginner-intermediate friendly dive site with easy entry and also provides access to a neat wreck in shallow water called The Barbara G.

There is a long pier coming out from the parking area then a dolphin (cluster of pilings) straight out from the end of the pier and viewable from the surface. The base of these pilings is about 20' deep. There are some pilings scattered off the south east end of the pier and a cluster of rotted out piling "stumps" covered in plumose anemones at the southeast end of the dolphin (the southeast is to the right side of the end of the pier and dolphin if heading out from shore).

On the Northwest end of the dolphin (that would be the left side from shore) there is a small line leading from the pilings to the remains of a small boat, now just the fiberglass hull remains partially in tact, in about 30-35' deep water.

Coming back toward shore along the northwest side of dolphin, swim to the outside of the diagonal pilings to find another line tied off to the pilings. The line heading North will take you to the remains of the Barbara G., a 65' old wooden fishing trawler that sank in the 1990's, still partially intact and standing up to 10' from the bottom in some places. The wreck sits in about 30-35' deep.

Special Restrictions:

Beware of fishermen on the dock and do not park in front of the residential location on the other side of the parking area. A sign on the pier says it is open from 7:00am to 10:00pm.

How to get there:

Harpers is located a few minutes East of Port Orchard by land, and just southwest of Blake Island in Yukon Harbor if coming by boat.

If approaching by ferry from Seattle to the Southworth Ferry dock, continue on SW Southworth DR. It will take a hard right and follow the water. Harpers Pier is right at the corned before the road makes a hard left.
From Tacoma or Bremerton, Take Hwy 16 toward Gig Harbor and exit onto 160/SE Sedgwick Rd. Head east until you hit Cottonwood Dr and take a left. It will take a hard right then you'll turn left at Stohlton RD, which becomes Southworth DR, Harpers Pier is right at the corned before the road makes a hard left.

Park just past the pier on the right side of the parking area along the water (being sure not to block the residential house/coffee shop. There is only room for a few cars (3-4). Otherwise you can park along the road before the pier.


Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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banjofish12/15/2013Rating:
the entire pier is gone now..nothing left above water..Have not dove under to see if anything remains. Why do they do this???what a shame..

Pitonman6/20/2009Rating: 4
The line out to each wreck is easily found at the base of the main pier on the left. Plenty to look at just around the pier.

J.Hundley3/8/2009Rating: 4
The dolphins refered to in the descripiton have been taken out. the removal of these has stirred up what has been buried in the past, great bottle hunting in the area that they were removed and slightly south east, plenty of old coca-cola bottles. on my first dive there came out with a mini 1941 wine bottle from local sence out of buisness winery. wreck north east of the pier is great, plenty of life in the cracks. be carefull when trying to get into the water, u have to suffer the wall to get to the beach. if you walk along the wall north there is a little know stair way to the beach for those who dont feel like base jumping to the beach.

Matt_Tyler11/1/2008Rating: 3
My computer did not engage when we hit the water, so my experience was somewhat tainted by being frustrated with my dive computer. It was an enjoyable dive though, and like Jeremy said, the 60' wrecked fishing trawler is pretty cool. There was underwater life to speak of, but I have to admit I was hoping it would be more diverse. I did, however, see a white spotted greenling and some sort of gunnel that I have yet to identify.

ChevaYEA11/1/2008Rating: 3
Fun easy dive site. I particularly liked the the fishing trawler, it is worth the dive all by itself.



 

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