Overview of Fort Flagler Pier

Fort Flagler Pier

USA West


Fort Flagler is great out-of-the-way park for sightseeing, picnicking, and of course diving! The scenic drive, alone, to the park is worth it for a weekend outing from Seattle. For those who brought your Scuba gear, prepare for a fascinating dive. Fish, macro life, plume worms and anemones have engulfed the pilings that march far out into the Admiralty Inlet. As usual, dive on a slack tide.

Directions: From Seattle, take the Edmonds/Kingston ferry to 104. Continue North through Port Gamble and over the Hood Canal Bridge. In about 5.5 miles, turn right onto 19. After 11.5 miles, turn right again onto 116 and head North to the end of the road, in about 10 miles. You'll then be at the entrance of the park.

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11/30/2008 Kava (Avg: 3.52 Review) - I just spent some time around the pier structure. I didn't know there was a reef out there. I might go back to find it sometime. The current was moving when I was there so I just kept it shallow and hung out with the fish in the pier. Very colorful life there. Schools of mini flounder shimmer away from you through the sand on exit.

04/04/2008 Anonymous (Avg: 3.67 Review) - This was a great dive. Lots to see on the artifical reef- underwater trail for easy navigation. We missed slack so the current made the dive an advanced dive.

03/31/2008 Glenn from PT (Avg: 3.66 Review) - Nice, secluded dive site. A pretty drive down Marrowstone Island. The park offers other things to do for your non-diving friends and partners. The pilings (0-40ft) are loaded with life, great for photographers. Beyond the pilings (>30-40ft) are fields of sea pens, concrete hidey-holes for fish and critters, and a hard sandy bottom sloping gently down. *Very current dependent, as it is exposed to the sound.* During a good slack tide the pilings would make a good dive for beginners or a navigation class. Farther out is good for intermediate divers seeking more variety.

05/23/2003 Oregon Diver (Avg: 4.31 Review) - Nice Dive, wilderness feeling. The reefs has lots of life. Right at the first junction in Ft. Flagler, road to pier goes down between the bathroom and the gun emplacement. Easy beach access. Enter and go out between and pilings. Reefs are left, off and out from pier. Rope to reefs (laying on bottom) angles to left between 7 & 8th piling after the break in the walkway to pier. Current can be strong. Slack, and ebbing tide for visibility is best. Network of ropes and concrete reef gives lots of hand holds if you feel you need them. Reefs are in 40 to 50 fsw. Leave air to explore the pier. Note the barge load of turn of century plumbing off the pier. Other good sites and air in Ft Townsend. Fort Flagler has lots to see. Bring a bike to get to the best bunkers and gun emplacements.

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Overview at Fort Flagler Pier 

Here's the prize: piling upon piling of sea life!


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GPS: WA2102


Entrance at Fort Flagler Pier 

Upon entrance into the park, take a right at the first stop sign.


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GPS: WA2103


Parking at Fort Flagler Pier 

Here is the upper parking, which you do not want to use unless the lower parking is full. Immediately after this lot, take a sharp right and head to the lower parking lot.


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GPS: WA2104


Parking at Fort Flagler Pier 

Park anywhere along this gravel pad. The trail head is in the background to the left.

Trail Head

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GPS: WA2105


Trail Head at Fort Flagler Pier 

A civilized path gives a short hike from the parking to beach.


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GPS: WA2106


Entry at Fort Flagler Pier 

The entry is an easy one. For the non-divers, beach-combing is a favorite pastime.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Fort Flagler Pier  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.25
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.25
Animal Life:  4.25
Plant Life:  3.25
Facilities:  2.50
Solitude 4.25
Roads:  3.75
*Site Average:  3.79

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.50
Beginner Scuba:  2.75
Intermediate Scuba:  4.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.50
Night diving Scuba:  3.00

Number of reviews for this site: 4


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