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Les Davis Park  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Ruston Way
Les Davis Reef
Les Davis Park
Tacoma, WA

Type: Saltwater
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Good
Amenities: Restrooms

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 3
Enjoyment: 3.75
Visibility: 3.5
Current: 2.75
Aquatic Life: 3.5

Photo Gallery:

Sailfin Sculpin
Red Brotula
Metridium Anemone
Nudibranch: Hudson
Ochre Sea Star
White Sea Urchin
Leather Star




Les Davies on Ruston Way is an easily accessible dive site that is protected from current and is open around the clock. The highlight of this dive is the artificial reef created by old concrete bridge decking. It provides structure for fish, crab and other marine organisms. The reef is located between 40 and 70 feet deep.

The site is near the mouth of the Puyallup River and is subject to silting and occasional fresh water intrusion. This limits the variety of life normally found in other locations.

Swim at a 60ļ heading out from the stairs. Turn to the right when you find the reef which consists of large slabs of cement and pillars. There is nothing but sand to the left.

Special Restrictions:

A fishing pier is located on the far right side of the site. You'll know you are getting close when you reach the tire reef. Care should be taken to avoid the area.

How to get there:

Les Davis Park is located in Tacoma Washington on Ruston Way. Heading west on Ruston Way the parking lot is past the fire boat display. Park at the back of the Les Davis parking lot. Stairs to the water are located to the left of the parking lot. Restrooms are to the right of the lot and are open until dusk.

Thanks to Chris for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
ChevaYEA9/8/2007Rating: 4
We had a good time on this dive. The water was pretty clear and there were plenty of fish and crab cruising around. The structure was fun to explore. Keep an eye out for fish lines and fishermen on the pier if you get too close to the South end of the reef. We saw the largest Decorated Warbonnet that Iíve ever seen! This is a good day or night dive!

SwimmerTodd5/5/2007Rating: 4
Stay to the right once you get in. We decided to take a second dive and explore the left half from the entry point and found nothing but sand. Still a good experience because hey, we're breathing underwater! To the right, you'll find large cement reefs with a lot of places to look for critters. A nice, easy dive overall.

ChevaYEA8/21/2007Rating: 4
Iíve done several dives at this site and it is fun when visibility is good. It can really get ugly though when the water gets murky. Currents tend to be mild and the artificial reef has a lot of dimension to it and is fun to explore. Great place for new divers!

Sorry about the shaky end to the video, i had just realized my buddy wasn't with me and started searching before i turned off the camera. :-)


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