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Langley Tire Reef | USA: Pacific Northwest
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 5
Bottle Field Tire Reef,
The Langley Tire Reef is an artificial tire reef on the east side of Whidbey Island made of thousands of tires, chain and logs once used as a breakwater to the but now lie in long lines of reef structure ranging from 20-50 ft deep on a sandy sea floor near the marina pier.
To dive the tire reef enter the water to the left of the boat ramp and swim northeast under the pier and away from the entry to the marina beyond the end of the old wood pier to the north. Descend and continue following the marina pier until you reach the tire reef about 15-20 ft deep, depending on tidal height. The reef continues in this general direction to about 45-50 ft.
Bottle divers may want to continue north down a steep slope to encounter extensive bottle fields beginning at 80 ft and continue to beyond 130 ft.
Beware of boat traffic and fishing gear.
How to get there:
From WA-525 turn north onto Langley Rd which turns into Camano Ave. Take a right on Cascade Ave and then a sharp right at Warf St. Park at the end of Warf Street near the boat ramp and entrance to the marina pier.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
|We found our way to Langley as our dive at Keystone was blown out (again). The fine folks at Anacortes Diving and Supply had filled our tanks from the previous day's dives and when they learned of our intended destination, prescribed caution and invited us to join them over at Langley, which is largely protected and not current sensitive.
The site is really simple... tire reef under the floating concrete breakwater. Something about the site is disorienting, however, so after an extended survey of the eelgrass to the north in the shallows ;) we popped up, then swam over to the breakwater and dropped down.
This map/sidescan sonar should make it very clear where the site is: http://jankocian.smugmug.com/Other/Langley-Tire-Reef/8599402_9q87cP#362986197_RF5ev
It was a great dive. We found a rope in the sandy bottom, and followed it. Immediately we were joined by a very calm and friendly ratfish, who gave us plenty of photo ops. Just a bit down the rope I spied a very teeny red octo; we played with him for a long time, too! Next a sailfin sculpin... the blocks holding down the rope were each like a little town along an old country road: each held a few interesting characters.
Scanning the sides in the awesome vis we had (30 ft... someone earlier had said it was only 10-15, but I strongly disagree and confirmed that with kick cycles along the rope), I saw the tire reef. It... LOOMS. It is a crazy, undulating mat of tires with some projections of logs/poles jutting out. Seeing it for the first time at night... a little spooky! But so much life, LOTS of fish, and just... so many nooks, cranies, holes, dens, you'd never be able to look in even a tenth of them. LOTS of crab, and some very large crab carcases as well, so I'd bet there's a good sized octo or two in there, but who knows if you could find them.
Good site, I'd do it again and would love to see it during a good clear day. |
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