Overview of Kayak Point County Park

Kayak Point County Park

USA West


Kayak Point is a great site for a lazy dive! Bring the family, a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day. The drive to the park is worth the effort, and will allow you to explore parts of the coast line that you normally would never see!

Directions: About 25 miles North of Seattle, you'll take exit 199 in Marysville, and head West toward the Sound. After 10 or so miles of winding through quintessential NW scenery, you'll see the park entrance on your left.

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08/04/2008 Anonymous (Avg: 3.00 Review) - This is a 'big' test of 'everything'!

05/11/2006 Ray of Bellingham (Avg: 3.28 Review) - Yes, this was an easy dive. However it was also a bad dive. We could not see anything, as vis was five feet or less. If we had good vis, I'm guessing it would have been a good, easy dive. I'm guessing I'll give it one more try later on, though.

07/19/2003 Jim S (Avg: 2.01 Review) - Really Boring. Site out the West side of the park North of the pier gets to 50' with in 300 yards of shore. Nothing to see but a few snails and small crabs. A few large star fish lots of large clams. The clam beds to the south (small bay) are really shallow and the vis was terrible. The easy access doesn't make up for the lack of anything to see. Park currently charges $5.00 for parking.

03/24/2002 Curt Johnson (Avg: 2.39 Review) - I seldom dive this spot, even though it is the site listed which is nearest my home. I do visit this park often, since it is so near. As for diving, the access and entry are superb, there is rarely any surf, and currents are usually manageable. The problem ? Boring! I dived this yesterday just to make sure of my previous assessment. The only fish I saw were flounder, even though people fishing at the park claim to catch smelt and sea-run cutthroat. I did see a lot of Dungeness crab, however, this area is temporarily closed to crab. I also saw sea stars, moon snails, nudibranchs, hermit crab, and patches of eelgrass. Kayak Point is a beautiful little park, with nesting bald eagles (I saw four yesterday), and all of the appropriate seabirds in the adjoining bay. In the late spring and early summer, it is a place to see grey whales feeding. It also has a protected boat ramp where I like to put in my sea kayak. There is a four dollar charge for using the park. The park also has a campground on the bluff above the beach which includes Yurt rentals. So, if you want a nice place to go on a picnic or campout, and throw in a dive while you are there, consider it.

12/29/2001 Jim Morrison (Avg: 2.61 Review) - 9/25/1962 Bottom drops of fairly quickly. Some waves and ebbing tide made Visibility very poor. Unless you count star fish: NO FISH. My log reports that I enjoyed the dive and I do remember returning to dive there: I just can't remember why!

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Entrance at Kayak Point County Park 

Like most parks in the Northwest, the entrance is well-marked and groomed.


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GPS: WA0102


Parking at Kayak Point County Park 

Plenty of parking within meters of the entry.




Overview at Kayak Point County Park 

The pier is great for fishing or taking in the view. Picnic tables line the beach area of the park.


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Entry at Kayak Point County Park 

The entry couldn't be easier! Perfect for a first dive, or getting accustomed to new gear.




Aerial at Kayak Point County Park 
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The topography is immediately apparent: easy, shallow entry, dropping off to a gentle slope.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Kayak Point County Park  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  2.40
Reef Conditions:  2.00
Animal Life:  2.20
Plant Life:  2.00
Facilities:  3.40
Solitude 3.80
Roads:  3.20
*Site Average:  2.66

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.40
Beginner Scuba:  2.60
Intermediate Scuba:  2.20
Advanced Scuba:  2.00
Night diving Scuba:  2.40

Number of reviews for this site: 5


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