Overview of Tacoma Narrows

Tacoma Narrows

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The Tacoma Narrows is located right next to the water treatment plant, just below the War Memorial Park at the base of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. This is considered a technical dive, and should be planned with an experienced guide or a local dive shop. The rewards of your effort, however, include seeing the remains of the collapse of the original bridge from half a century ago.

Directions: This dive site is found under the bridge of the Tacoma Narrows. Head North on Highway 16 from I-5 in Tacoma as if you are heading to Gig Harbor. On the last exit before hitting the bridge, take Jackson Ave exit. Do not turn on Jackson, but head straight across and down the hill into War Memorial Park.


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12/14/2004 John Bruels (Avg: 2.75 Review) - This site is essentially closed due to construction of a new bridge. Diving may still be done there but you may run the risk of law enforcement involvement. Construction is scheduled for at least another year.

10/25/2002 Jeff Bowman (Avg: 3.58 Review) - A great dive during slack tide. Current becomes difficult above 2 kts, although it makes for great drifting. Lot's of ling cod, small kelp environment, abundance of reef life in wreckage of old bridge directly under new.

03/29/2002 Max (Avg: 3.33 Review) - This is a killer drift dive, but I highly suggest doing this as a boat dive, especially if you are not from the area. The current rips through here and you could end up miles from where you started, but it is so fun to dive.

01/18/2002 Brad Congdon (Avg: 3.34 Review) - The Narrows is a great dive for advanced divers, and requires a live boat. Strong currents are a constant hazard. The combination of currents, depth, and poor visibility has killed divers here, but care and preparation can reward you with a great dive -- lots of wolf eels and octopus in the rocky habitat along the shore, and often dog shark sightings around the bridge supports. Several dive charter operations in the area regularly visit the Narrows.

Anonymous (Avg: 3.88 Review) - This was a good boat-drift dive. We saw a cute octopus just sitting on top of the rocks, a grunt sculpin, and lots of red irish lords. Our dive buddies saw wolf eals. We also found tons of human-made stuff that had been 'lost overboard' while constructing the bridge.


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Parking

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA1301
N4715.7359'
W12232.5332'

 

Parking at Tacoma Narrows 

This is the location of the upper parking you'll use if you come here on the weekends. Yes, the gate is locked, and you will kill yourself from this point trying to get your gear to the entry. If you arrive on a weekday, however, this gate is mostly open until the early afternoon, so you may be able to drive your gear to the drop-off point by the Treatment Plant.

Parking

 

 

Parking at Tacoma Narrows 

This is the parking area just inside the park--- still a distance from the entry point. From here, you may use a tank cart to get your gear to the water's edge.

Trail Head

 

 

Trail Head at Tacoma Narrows 

This the turn around spot at the treatment plant. Drop your gear off, and carry it down the fence line, over the railroad tracks to the water's edge.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: WA1304
N4715.6562'
W12232.8149'

 

Entry at Tacoma Narrows 

You may start your dive from here and carefully drift to the bridge and back again (if your calculations are correct!), or you can walk your gear down to the bridge and begin diving from there.

Aerial

 

 

Aerial at Tacoma Narrows 
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If carefully planned, a drift dive to and from the bridge would be most exciting!

Last Verification: July, 2001  

 

Diver Averages for  Tacoma Narrows  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  1.80
Bottom Conditions:  3.80
Reef Conditions:  3.80
Animal Life:  4.20
Plant Life:  3.40
Facilities:  1.80
Solitude 4.00
Roads:  2.60
*Site Average:  3.37
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.20
Beginner Scuba:  2.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.20
Advanced Scuba:  3.80
Night diving Scuba:  3.20

Number of reviews for this site: 5

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