Overview of Mukilteo State Park

Mukilteo State Park

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Of the three dives at Mukilteo, this is the best location to off-gas. Make your first dive at the Oil Dock or the T Dock, and drop by here for a little lunch and your second dive. There are two walls here, one at 30 feet and other at 60 feet, with plenty to see in between!

Directions: Take exit 189 off I-5 in Everett, and head West on 526. Then head North on 525. Follow signs to the Mukilteo Ferry. Take a left at the intersection just after you pass over the railroad tracks (See the aerial photo).


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12/31/2013 Dan from Seattle (Avg: 3.25 Review) - Four dives here in past couple of weeks. Four juvenile wolf-eels, a small GPO and a tiny GPO with 2 inch legs. See dive site layout in Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/100424548@N07/11610770196/

08/22/2010 Anonymous (Avg: 3.00 Review) - Open for diving as of 21 April 2009 http://www.cdnn.info/news/industry/i090421.html

11/30/2009 Anonymous (Avg: 3.00 Review) - This site is closed for diving as of Feb. 2009

01/11/2005 Anonymous (Avg: 2.94 Review) - Site can be current-intensive but if currents are read right you can make a mini-drift dive of it.

02/23/2002 Jim Morrison (Avg: 3.51 Review) - Mukilteo State Park, just south of the Mukilteo Lighthouse. (and also about 1/4 mile south of the Ferry Landing). We entered from the sandy area of the parking lot half way between the launching ramp and the bathrooms. Two of my tech diving friends dove to 218 feet! The bottom drops off quickly, and is wall-like just south of here. We went south in considerable (but workable) ebbing current, then turned around in the "Rocky" area. The current lessened or quit in deeper water. It was windy on the surface above us. Bottom type varies depending on location and depth. The so-called wall is straight out from the rest rooms and if you don't find it keep looking going south. There is a small wall at 40' then a little south of that a bigger wall at 67 feet. People say the wall erodes and produces fossils, but I haven't found any yet. I saw a few sand dabs, numerous star-fish, crabs, sculpin, shrimp and one big old moon snail. In season, divers harvest large quantities of shrimp here at night, but you have to be skillful or experienced to get the fast little devils! Excellent place to execute a deep dive, good access all year. Currents can be tricky, especially nearer the point at the lighthouse. Since boats can launch here in summer, stay away from the ramp. But in winter when no boats launch here, look for octopus holes under old concrete debris adjacent to and straight out from the launch ramp.

11/13/2001 Curt Johnson (Avg: 3.59 Review) - This is another site I dive often - I can see my house from there so I can dive it on my way home from work. Head directly out from the public bathrooms. At 35 ft will be a small wave-cut ledge. At 55 ft will be a larger ledge. These ledges are where most of the sea life is. Look in the cavities left by clams to see shrimp, blennies, gobies, gunnels, crab, sailfin sculpin and grunt sculpin. Occasionally, octopus or wolf-eels will take up residence. Cabezon, lingcod, and greenling are often seen resting at the edge of a ledge. Harbor seals may be seen at any time of the year, but sea lions come by in the winter months. You have a very good chance of a sea lion encounter in the mid-winter. Winter provides better visibility and currents. Hazards include boats, jet skis, and currents. You can go as deep as you want for the bottom drops down to 900 ft.


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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA0401
N4756.9170'
W12218.3159'

 

Entrance at Mukilteo State Park 

Not difficult to find, the park is shared by boaters and picnickers.

Parking

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA0402
N4756.8334'
W12218.3982'

 

Parking at Mukilteo State Park 

There is plenty of parking next to the beach, so suiting up at your truck is no problem.

Overview

 

 

Overview at Mukilteo State Park 

A seal travels the length of the beach looking for a quick meal of Salmon.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA0404
N4756.8025'
W12218.4731'

 

Entry at Mukilteo State Park 

The entry is very easy. Start in front of the restrooms and head straight out.

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Aerial at Mukilteo State Park 
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You can see where the wall begins, as well as the shallows to the East.

Last Verification: July, 2001  

 

Diver Averages for  Mukilteo State Park  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.17
Reef Conditions:  2.83
Animal Life:  3.17
Plant Life:  2.83
Facilities:  3.50
Solitude 3.00
Roads:  3.83
*Site Average:  3.21
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  1.83
Beginner Scuba:  3.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.50
Advanced Scuba:  3.50
Night diving Scuba:  3.67

Number of reviews for this site: 6

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