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Frost Island  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Spencer Spit State Park
San Juan Islands
Lopez Island, WA

Type: Saltwater
Access: Difficult Shore Entry
Parking: Limited
Amenities: Restrooms

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 2
Visibility: 2
Current: 2
Aquatic Life: 5

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Frost Island is a colorful wall dive that reaches from the surface to 65' deep along the northern portion of the west side of Frost Island. Countless starfish, cucumbers, tunicates and nudibranchs cover the wall, sculpin, gunnels and greenlings hide in the crevices along with crab and octopus. The dive northward on the wall has the greater abundance of life and less silt.

Special Restrictions:

Current sensitive. Current flows north on the flood and south on the ebb. Beware of overhead boat traffic.

Really, this is a boat dive with shore access being reserved to only the most determined of divers. Very log walk followed by a short swim if attempted from shore. A wagon will be helpful for the long walk down the spit.

How to get there:

Located o the northeast side of Lopez Island, the 70 acre Frost Island has a steep wall on the west side of the island directly off Spencer Spit from Lopez Island.
If attempting to make this dive from shore, head to Spencer State Park from the ferry terminal by following Ferry Rd for just over a mile. Turn left onto Port Stanley Rd and head 2.5 miles, then left onto Bakerview Rd which will take you to Spencer Spit Park. Once in the park, head to the ranger station (road to the right) to get permission to use the access road to drop off your gear at Spencer Spit and then park at the top of the road. Gear Up and walk 600yrds (yes, 1/3 mile!) down the spit toward frost Island. You can access the water beside an old cabin about 2/3 way down the spit. Wade or swim to the end of the point, submerge and swim to the wall under the channel. The deepest point in the channel is about 65' deep.

By Boat, dive the wall on the west side of the island, clearly visible from the surface.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
John R6/18/2011Rating: 2
We did this as a boat dive and anchored at the base of the wall. We swam in a Northerly direction and came upon some rocky outcroppings with a variety of nudibranchs, some rockfish, and many very colorful urchins. But the dive was kind of crappy with lots of plankton in the water we had maybe 10-12 ft of vis. The bottom is muddy and the least bit of stirring created quite the mess. Probably not do this dive again.


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