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Gedney Island Barges  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Hat Island Barges
Gedney Island, WA

Type: Saltwater
Access: Difficult Shore Entry
Parking: None

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 0
Enjoyment: 3
Visibility: 2
Current: 3
Aquatic Life: 5

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Multiple Large Wooden Barges Large Wreck,


The Gedney Island Barges (locally known as Hat Island Barges) are a collection of very large wooden barges in varying states of decay that sank on the northwest point of Gedney Island. The barges are dynamic and home to a variety of fish and scattered invertebrates.

To dive this site start in shallow water to the east of the marina (out of the way of the entrance) in about 20’of water and descend the very steep silty slope westward toward the marina entrance. The two main barges here appear to be end to end starting about 50 ft and continue to about 110 ft deep. Descending down to about 70 ft and then turning north will assure that you encounter the wrecks. The barges are in better condition as you get deeper, with the deepest being nearly fully intact. There are shallower barges both to the north and south of the marina entrance. The one to the north runs from 30 ft up to 10 ft and is very decayed. Another to the south is in about 40 ft. Safety stops can be done at one of the shallow barges.

Special Restrictions:

This site is well protected from current. A major hazard is that the main portion of the barges lie directly in front of the busy marina entrance thus an emergency ascent would be dangerous. Move into shallow water either north or south of the marina entrance before surfacing. Visibility is often poor in near the surface due to river run-off.

How to get there:

Gedney Island is located about 5 miles west of the Everett boat ramp. The dive site lies in front of the small marina on the northwest end of the Island, bordered by large sandy beaches riddled with logs. To locate the barges try scanning the 70’range in front of the marina with a depth finder. The barges reach shallower but much of the vertical structure has been reduced to ribs thus less noticeable. Anchor in the shallows to either side of the marina in 20-30 ft and dive toward the marina entrance.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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