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Salmon Beach  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Near Point Defiance
Tacoma, Washington

Type: Saltwater
Intermediate, Advanced

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

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Junk Yard,


Salmon Beach, Tacoma is a cozy, tight knit community comprised of a single line of home directly along the waterline, just south of Point Defiance. It has spectacular views of the Tacoma Narrows and some interesting artwork around the homes. It is a nice sightseeing stroll by boat when coasting along the west shore of the narrows.

While not a dramatic dive site, there is a considerable amount of “junk” that has been dropped there over the ages dating back to earlier times when the sound was used to discard garbage.

The current near the shore runs opposite the predictions thaks to a massive back eddy. Plan your dive during a flood and enter the water near the southern most homes, making sure the current is running the correct direction. If it isn't then continue north until the current runs with you. Enter the water and descend to 45-60ft to view the most interesting historical treasures.

Special Restrictions:

Please be considerate of the residents and avoid approaching to close to their homes. That would be considered trespassing. Beware of strong currents and boat traffic. Residents occasionally fish from their porches so beware of fishing lines.

The current reverses here so that during a flood the current actually runs north along the shore. Stay within this back eddy and ride the current northward.

How to get there:

Look for the single row of older homes on the eastern banks of the Tacoma Narrows just south of Point Defiance.

Okay, there is technically shore access but that would take a good amount of strategy, multiple vehicles and is simply too complicated and risky for what its worth (no offense to anyone). This site is instead preferable to dive by boat.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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