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Tolmie  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Tolmie State Park
7700 61st Ave NE, Lacey, WA

Type: Saltwater
Difficulty:
Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Parking: Good
Amenities: Restrooms, Public Mooring


Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 3.6
Visibility: 2.4
Current: 1.4
Aquatic Life: 3.4

Photo Gallery:

Nudibranch
Anemones on the barge at Tolmie
Barge Wall Close-up



Features

Large Wreck, Debris, Tire Reef,

Description

Descend the reef marker and there will be two decayed wooden barges to the northwest, full of crab, perch, rock fish and the occasional lingcod. Be careful not to get snagged on anything, there are a lot of debris. Back at the reef marker, you can head Due NORTH from the base, and swim for quite a while past some tire reefs to a large and mostly in tact wooden barge sitting in about 45ftsw. This boat is fantastic! Lots of holes that have rotted out of the side give it the appearance of the stereotypical pirate ship. The boat is full of fish, crab and invertebrates and there are many boulders and tire reefs around the base providing additional cover for critters. If you do this dive from shore, remember to get good compass headings to the reef marker because it is a long swim ahead of you and there is nothing but a desert and sea lettuce and an enormous bed of sand dollars. You can find Red Rock and Dungeness crab it this area. Watch out for the current if you are on the surface. It can be mild near the beach but really be moving near the buoy. The bottom here can be easily stirred up and you’ll dramatically lose visibility so stay off the bottom a little and you’ll have a more enjoyable dive. The large shallow area makes a good place to snorkel during High tide!

Special Restrictions:

There are no showers near the water but there is a faucet in the parking lot for rinsing gear.

How to get there:

Tolmie has a long surface swim in order to get to any of the barges so it is recommended to do this on high tide (or it becomes a long walk!). It is pretty easy to find by taking the 111 exit and turn north on Marvin Road. Follow Marvin Road through two traffic circles and continue until it ends at 56th ave. This will take you all the way to the park. BUT – don’t go in the park, continue to follow the road down the hill which will take you to parking near the water. Gear up at the car and walk to the water front.


Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Slobert5/12/2008Rating: 4
We dove just the large barge and its pretty good compared to most barges that are just piles of wood. This one is holding up well. Worth stopping by. The heading from the reef marker is 0 dergrees to get to the large barge. ITs a ways, so just keep swimming.

SwimmerTodd6/21/2007Rating: 5
It is a long walk and a longer swim to get out to this site, but the shipwreck makes it all worth it! It looks like a pirate ship! (Truth be told, it's just a barge with pointy ends) The best part is that there are some holes in the hull of the ship that allow you to go from room to room. Let me drop my disclaimer here and recommend that you don't enter any holes unless you are trained to be able to handle yourself safely.



 

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