Dan Kjelland's Dive Log
San Juan Islands on 7/8/2004
Jul 8, 2004, 12:00 AM
San Juan County Park is nice, but Limekiln Lighthouse State Park is exceptional. Park in the lower lot and use a wheelbarrow to tote your gear 0.15 mi. down a gated road to a picnic table at the lighthouse. Entry is a small crevice immediately left (south) of the light. When the kelp isn't heavy this is an amazing dive. You'll get cold from not moving around much because there is so much to see. Best done at slack or during ebb tides with low exchange, because southerly currents hit the point and move away from shore, swirling clockwise in the small bay south of the point. 40 min after exiting on my last dive, Orcas were in the small bay. Watch for container ships in Haro Strait, they can kick up a few (short lived) rollers. This is the dive on the cover of Northwest Shore Dives. It may spoil you!
Tuwanek Beach on 3/24/2006
Dove here twice in January. Excellent vis. 80+ feet. Creek dumps in at entry site. 48 deg F at depth. But the temp of the creek water was 42 F. Wished I had dry gloves. Exiting through that fresh water again was a painful way to end a dive! But I will definitely dive it again. Bottom was a bit bare but lots of stuff to see on the rocks around the island. Easy dive, no current, dive anytime.
Egmont Marina Resort on 3/24/2006
80 feet of vis when I dove here. Made two dives, one east of the dock and one west. East dive was shallow with quite a lot of life to see. Saw an octo out in the open. West dive was deeper and a lot more exciting. Sea pens, many feather stars. Look forward to doing the west dive again.