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Hudson Point  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Port Townsend, Washington

Type: Saltwater
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Limited

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 4
Current: 3
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Red Dendronotid
Candy-stripe shrimp
Candy-stripe shrimp
Juvenile Cabezon
Giant Pacific Octopus
Juvenile Wolf Eel
Tiny Puget Sound King Crab
Longfin Gunnel
Northern Ronquil
Dendronotus aldus


Large Wreck, Debris, Structures, Eel Grass Beds


Hudson Point is a rich shore dive in Port Townsend with multiple habitats in a single site that offer a beautiful array of life.

The bottom drops gradually to about 20ft from shore toward the large cement dolphin (piling). Seasonal eel grass adds interest to this area during late summer and early fall before the winter storms hit. Lots of gunnels hanging from the grass and hooded nudibranchs in late fall.

At 20ft the bottom begins to drop off steeply toward the monsteous Cement WWII Dolphin designed as an anchor point for the submarine nets that protected the sound from enemy subs. It is alive with anemones giant barnacles and lots of other interesting life. A rope, often hidden by kelp and sand, extends downward from the dolphin to about 90ft. Rope leading down slope to 100 ft or tmore. Along this route there are logs, rocks, manmade objects and many discarded bottles, some of which may be quite old. Look close for baby octos and gunnels in and around all these objects including in the bottles. Make sure if you decide to collect bottles to leave all the critters behind.

Along the jetty and the rocks piles at the baseThere are many species of sea life here including many types of fish, nudibranchs, crabs, Giant Pacific Octopus and plant life. Please try to be kind to all the many tiny critters by keeping off of the rocks as much as possible and watch where you place your hands. At the end of the jetty there is an old metal barge broken in two, starting at about 50ft. Lots of life but be gentle, it is rusting badly and in danger of caving in. There are severe currents beyond the barge.

Special Restrictions:

Hudson point is a rich and diversified environment with many things to see for all levels when conditions are favorable but keep in mind it is a current dependent site and can change rapidly. Currents can go from nothing to above 3 knots quickly and intensify as you get closer to the end of the jetty with the prevailing direction being outward toward the channel. Please use the current table and NOT the tides as they do not match up. There is little to see beyond the barge and lots of boat traffic in and out of the marina. If you get caught out there when the current cranks up you will have a tough swim back or a long walk around the marina so it is advisable to make the barge your dive limit in this direction.

Keep in mind also that this is a windy exposed area. If the wind is coming from the south or south west this spot can get very rough quite quickly.

There is a Finger Pier attached to the main pier from early spring to late fall to give access to rental sailboats and the occasional powerboat. It is removed for the winter months. Please be careful of boat activity in this area.

How to get there:

Heading north on WA-19 N and continue northward on WA-20 E toward Port Townsend. WA-20 becomes Water street and runsl along long the water front. Continue all the way through town until you see the American Legion Hall on your left. Park and suit up. Enter the water down the smalll boat ramp on the east side of the pier (the pier will be on your left). Swim or walk underneath the pier. The dive site is the area between the pier and the rocky jetty at at the marina.

Thanks to Richard Zade for submitting this site!
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HurricaneSlivers5/28/2012Rating: 4
This was our first current sensitive dive and we timed it perfectly! The visibility was great (20-25ft+) for most of the dive. You can check vis by walking out on the jetty and looking down. The site is laid out very nice for all experience levels with rope leading from feature to feature. The Dolphin is a feature you can swim thru with ample room and enough to look at for the entire dive. The deep line(s) are directly east of the dolphin and drop quickly. One line is on the floor and the other is elevated about three feet. Lots of small aquatic life to view on the descent if you look closely. Once you reach the small wall and logs at 80-100ft there is a third line that runs north-northeast (30 degrees) back to 50-65ft where the barge rests. The barge is a very dilapidated but still maintains enough structure to tell what it is. We were told there is a sailboat wreck atop the barge but must have only seen the lower of the two pieces of the barge itself(bottom time). The rocks that make up the jetty have lots of variety in way of life and make for a pleasant swim back towards shore. Even the safety stop offered entertainment in the eel grass and other plant life. Never seen so many painted greenlings at one given site before. Also saw baby wolf eels, pricklebacks, schools of rockfish, sculpin, nudibranch, ect... A big thumbs up for this site !!!


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