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Lime Kiln Point  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Lime Kiln Point State Park
San Juan Island, WA

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

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 4
Current: 3
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse
Kelp at Lime Kiln Point

Red Sea Urchins among friends
Pink Hydrocoral
Stalked Trumpet Sponge
Yellowtail Rockfish


Wall, Kelp Forest


Lime Kiln is a deep, current swept point that ranks among the top shore dives in the San Juan Islands for the immense colorful life, dynamic underwater structure and of course shore access. The rocky cliff below the lighthouse continues to roll steeply downward from the bull keep at 25-35' to nearly 120' deep. The wall-like cascading rocks and boulders are covered in vibrant life.

Enter the water near the viewing platform or the crevice to the South of the lighthouse. Depending on the current you may want to choose one and exit at the other.

Special Restrictions:

Marine preserve so no fishing, crabbing or collecting.
This site is very current laden and should be planned for slack on low exchanges. Flood currents

Corrections to the Admiralty Inlet current prediction are +1:16 to slack before flood (i.e later than predicted) and add +:59 to slack before ebb (i.e. later than predicted).

How to get there:

Located on the west side of San Juan Island, 9 miles from the ferry dock in Friday Harbor and 2.5 miles south of San Juan County Park (which is another good dive site nearby).

Head out of Friday Harbor and turn right on spring, which turns into San Juan Valley Rd. After about 1.5 miles turn left on Douglas Rd. for 1.7 miles. Turn left at Bailer Hill Rd which turns into Westside Rd and continue straight into Lime Kiln.

From San Jaun County Park, follow Westside Rd south for 2.5 miles to Lime Kiln Park.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Nino4/19/2009Rating: 4
This can be a VERY difficult shore dive for those that are out of shape or unwilling to make the walk down to the water. The rocky entry point is steep, slick, and should not be attempted unless the surf is small. I would also only advise diving this site from shore during slack on light exchanges. That said, Zanke and I picked a great day to do a shore dive here. We swam out a little ways to get out of the kelp and descended. The point drops off fairly quickly and there is a lot of good structure. Quite a few rock fish of different varieties but surprisingly few lingcod. The best part about this site are the many holes, cracks, ledges, and small walls to explore. Definitely a good dive and worth the effort getting to/from the water.


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