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Fox Island Boat Launch
Fox Island, WA

Type: Saltwater
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Parking: Limited

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 4
Current: 5
Aquatic Life: 3

Photo Gallery:

Sun Star
Snails on Piling
Short Plumose Anemones
Sea Lemon Nudibranch
Nudibranch feeding on an anemone
Shaggy Mouse Nudibranch Eggs
Limpit on the move
Loads of Kelp Crab
Leather Star




What to see: Loads of nudibranchs, anemones, sea stars, barnacles and a variety of fish can be seen on and around the pilings. The bottom is an interesting clay formation with lots of nooks to look in. The central most pilings and the coolest and resemble a wall dive due to their massive size. Swim out to the bridge along the rock breakwater located at the South West end of the bridge and then out under the pilings of the bridge itself. Take a good compass heading in the direction of the bridge (about 340°) because it can be hard to locate the next set of pilings if visibility is low. Depths under the bridge range from 20-65ftsw.

Special Restrictions:

Restrictions: Keep a close eye on the tides, you can't afford to miss your window on this dive or you'll be swept away! Plan this dive carefully about 1:45 before slack at the Narrows during a low tidal exchange. It can get moving very quickly under this bridge and take you directly away from shore. Turn back as soon as you feel current because it speeds up quickly.

Advanced due to swift currents.

How to get there:

How to get there: Take Hwy 16 across the Tacoma Narrows bridge. Take the second exit after bridge and follow the signs to Fox Island which will take you right to the bridge. Park in the little boat launch area at the end of the bridge, suit up and walk or swim to the bridge.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Slobert2/2/2008Rating: 4
This dive was better than I expected. The pilings were cool, but what I liked was the interesting clay bottome. Lots of hiding places for little critters. The current sneaks up on you, and keep in mind the the current is the worst right where the bridge meets the shore due to the flow being pinched. I would throw a few extra pounds in to help you stay glued to the bottom if the current comes up.

ChevaYEA2/2/2008Rating: 4
This was a fun dive site but you absolutly have to plan your dive correctly or the current will turn on you. Lot's of fun small creatures to see and the center supports for the bridge are lots of fun.


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