Freshwater Bay County Park
Freshwater Bay County Park
Port Angeles, Washington
Access: Difficult Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 5
Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest
Although there is ample life within the protection of Freshwater Bay, the lure of this dive site lies out at the solitary rock at the western point called Bachelor Rock. A shallow rocky reef, alive with color, connects the rock to the point and provides some shelter from the currents and waves. Snorkel or Kayak over the shallow bay toward the reef. Descend near the inside of the reef and follow the contour through the kelp beds to explore rocky structure around the base of the rock. Depth on the inside of the reef is about 30ft and continues to deepen to about 55ft on the outside of Bachelor Rock.
Urchins, sponges, chitons and other colorful invertebrates cling to the rock reef, while schools of rockfish swim through amazing kelp beds. Keep your eyes open for octopus, craba nd other crevice dwelling creatures. This is a rewarding dive location to the determined diver.
Hazards include boat traffic, potential surf and moderate currents once outside the bay. It is a long swim and better suited for kayaks. Snorkelers will find it enjoyable as well being less burdened with heavy gear. Be very cautious not to approach the surf zone too closely as a wave could dash an unsuspecting diver against the rocks.
How to get there:
The site is accessible by kayak or as a shore dive from the small boat launch located at the very west end of Freshwater Bay Rd, but it is a long 30 minute swim each way to Bachelor Rock and should not be attempted during large surf or large ebbing currents, both of which would make the dive exhausting and dangerous.
Bachelor Rock lies at the west end of Freshwater Bay and marks the east end of the Observatory Point Reef. To reach Freshwater Bay from 101, take WA112 W (toward the Straight) about 4 miles West of Port Angeles. Continue on WA-112 4.5 miles and take a right onto Freshwater Bay Rd. This road will make several sharp turns but continue to follow it all the way to the water in Freshwater Bay. You will see Observatory Point off to the left.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
|John R||10/2/2010||Rating: 5|
|Returning to Freshwater Bay after diving the Diamond Knot, we stopped at this grand pinnacle and anchored off the SE side in 50 ft, just shy of the large kelp mat. The dive was spectacular. Peering into the rock fissures, we saw wolf eels, GPO’s, gunnels, and warbonnets; one of our divers found a Puget Sound King Crab hiding in a broken rock. As you would expect, colorful sponges, anemones, and urchins abound. Current was present but mild. We thought of circumnavigating the rock but were too absorbed in the sea life. And It may not be possible to safely cross the bar connecting the rock to the mainland as at the time of our dive, waves were pounding and breaking over the bar.|