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Shilshoal Breakwater  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Shilshoal Bay Marina
Seattle, WA

Type: Saltwater

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 3
Visibility: 3
Current: 1.5
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Noble Sea Lemon
Cucumber Feeding
Sea Squirt


Breakwater in front of the Shilshoal Bay Marina Structures,


Shilshoal Bay Marina Breakwater is a long man-made granite rock breakwater that protects the marina from waves and boat wakes. The rocks drop to 25'-30' deep depending on the spot. Below the breakwater is mostly a flat sandy bottom sparsely scattered with things that have fallen overboard and a small craft or two.

The breakwater makes a good back-up lingcod fishing spot during season since the rocky reef is an ideal habitat for them and small but edible (24") ling are plentiful.

Special Restrictions:

Stay away from the entrances to the marina and fly a dive flag. Do not attempt to swim through the marina due to heavy boat traffic. Dive near the center of the breakwater for minimal boat traffic.

How to get there:

Located directly in front of the Shilshoal Bay Marina. There is a public boat launch in the marina and this would also make a great kayak dive. Exit the marina and dive anywhere on the outside of the incredibly long breakwater.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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Matt_Tyler4/16/2009Rating: 3
This is a great shallow dive. The boulders used to create the breakwater offer lots of shelter for creatures big and small. Back in the days of free diving, before I got scuba certified, this was one of my favorite spots to dive. It is a great follow up dive to some of the other dives in the area because of how shallow it is. My max depth was close to 40', but I spent the majority of the dive at 15' - 25'.


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