Lobster Shop Wall
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 0
Wall, Eel Grass Beds
Dead Manís Wall is an exciting deep wall dive located directly in front of the Lobster Shop on Ruston Way in Tacoma and offers a challenging alternative to Les Davies just down the road. The wall is only a few hundred feet off shore starting in 80-100fsw and drops to 140 or more. It holds a reputation for low visibility due to the nearby river but it is not as current sensitive as other wall dives in the South Sound and it is DEEP!
Enter the water on either side of the Lobster Shop and line up with the northern corner, drop to the bottom and swim directly out from shore. The bottom drops off very steeply and youíll come across the wall at about 80-90ft from this point. It is intimidating to look over the edge at the abyss below the wall but once you begin to explore youíll find many holes and small crevices where critters are lurking. Beware, the depths are extraordinary here so make sure you have the air, training and experience to handle these depths. Have fun and leave reviews of what you find here!
FYI - There is also a nice trail for rollerblading or walking and some nice park benches for picnics.
This is not a dive for beginners or intermediates due to the sheer wall face and the potential depths. In fact, even the top of the wall is deep and the diver should be familiar with diving walls before trying this location. Please dive within your training limits and watch your bottom time.
How to get there:
Take either I-5 or 509 to I-705 North to Schuster Way which becomes N Ruston Way. Head North on Ruston Way until you see the Lobster Shop. You can park in the parking lot just before it next to the small waterfront park to gear up and walk around to the other side of the Lobster Shop to get to the water. You will need to make a short climb down the rocks at the breakwater. Swim out to the dock, drop to the bottom and head straight out.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!