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Fort Warden Science Center   |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Science Center Wharf
Fort Warden State Park
Port Townsend, WA

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

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

Photo Gallery:

Fort Warden Science Center Wharf
Fort Warden Science Center Wharf
Buffalo Sculpin
Young Yellowtail Rockfish in Eel Grass


Wharf Pilings Structures, Eel Grass Beds


Fort Warden Science Center Wharf is an easily accessible shallow shore dive available to all skill levels of divers. The wharf creates a forest of plumose covered pilings that attract a variety of life and the spacing creates hall-like diving access. From shore the bottom slopes gradually through large beds of eel grass to about 30' at the end of the Wharf.

Special Restrictions:

There is a small boat launch on the east side of the Wharf so beware of boat traffic. Also be mindful of currents that can come ripping through this area. This is a shallow dive so be sure to weight yourself appropriately. There are restrooms and a cold-water shower across the road by the cable house.

How to get there:

The Fort Warden Science Center is located on the north eastern outskirts of Port Townsend in Fort Warden State Park on Point Wilson.
Take Highway 20 (becoming Sims Way) along the water. Turn left on Kearney Street and follow signs to Fort Warden Park.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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ChevaYEA8/15/2009Rating: 3
This was a fun site to explore and for taking macro photos. Not much natural reef to see besides the eel grass beds which house lots of young fish.


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