Illahee Town Dock
Illahee State Park
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 5
Debris, Tire Reef,
Located in Port Orchard, The Illahee Tire Reef is an artificial reef made of a series of bound tires and logs in the 20–40 ft depth range about 50 yards directly out from the pier and boat ramp at Illahee State Park. Like most tire reefs, there is less life than that found on other types of reef materials, none the less it harbors life that would otherwise not be found in this spot such as rockfish, lingcod, sculpin and an array of invertebrates. Overall it is a pleasant dive site with easy access in an area that doesn’t receive an abundance of divers. Plus it makes a nice additional activity when visiting Illahee State Park.
Beware of fishermen and boat traffic from this active boat launch and fishing pier.
How to get there:
The Ilahee Dock is about 7 miles off WA-3 S. Exit onto WA-303 S/NW Waaga Way and continue for 5 miles. Turn left onto NE McWilliams Rd then right on East Blvd NE. Continue as it turns to Oceanview Blvd NE. The boat launch is north of the main Illahee State Park along Illahee Rd NE at the intersection of Oceanview Blvd NE. There is limited street parking right above the boat ramp or farther south toward the park. Enter the water down the ramp, swim toward the end of the pier on its south side, being careful to stay away from the fishermen, then once you hit 35-40 ft turn north (left) and locate the reef.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!