Keystone Jetty

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Re: Keystone Jetty

Postby 60south » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:00 am

YellowEye wrote:Note: the café across the street is now closed and out of business. Hit Pickles, Greenbank Farms pie shop, or one of several shops in Coupeville instead...


Site description updated, thanks.

ScubaJess wrote:Someone needs to buy the old keystone cafe and turn it into a 1/2 dive shop & 1/2 coffee & dive bar!!! :-)


Absolutely! Um, anybody care to loan me $700,000?

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Re: Keystone Jetty

Postby ScubaJess » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:10 am

Someone needs to buy the old keystone cafe and turn it into a 1/2 dive shop & 1/2 coffee & dive bar!!! :-)
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Re: Keystone Jetty

Postby YellowEye » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:29 pm

60south wrote:Nearby Facilities: Washrooms and a shower on site. A cafe across the street. The nearest dive shops are in Oak Harbor and Port Townsend.



Note: the café across the street is now closed and out of business. Hit Pickles, Greenbank Farms pie shop, or one of several shops in Coupeville instead...

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Re: Keystone Jetty

Postby 60south » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:24 am

We did a "drift" from the pilings to the jetty yesterday. I put drift in quotes because the current was so light it was actually a swim. And it's a looong swim if you aren't being helped along.

Also, the thick rope that leads from the pilings ends about 2/3 of the way. There is a large anchor (~45fsw) and then... pfft. No more rope. If you continue to follow a contour at, say 45ft, you'll eventually hit the jetty.
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Re: Keystone Jetty

Postby jmartel » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:27 pm

60south wrote: It's possible to drift from the warf to the jetty in a single dive, sometimes helped by a push from the current.


In my experience, drifting from the wharf to the jetty is unavoidable. Even more fun off slack. :rofl:

Should probably put a note in that there's a thick line around 45ft FSW from the wharf to the jetty. Drops you off right at the middle of the jetty. No need to worry about if you will get blown past if you follow that.

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Keystone Jetty

Postby 60south » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:29 pm

Dive Site Name: Keystone Jetty

Skill Level: All Divers, with caution

Current Sensitive: Yes

Location/Address: Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island, WA

Directions: Driving from Seattle, take the Mukilteo Ferry to Whidbey Island. Drive 22 miles north on Highway 525, turn left to the Port Townsend Ferry and Fort Casey State Park, and drive 3.5 miles to Keystone. From Port Townsend, simply take the ferry to Whidbey Island and you're there.

Free Parking: Discovery Pass Required. $10/day or $30/year, as of 2017

Staging Area: Good -- Parking is near the water, with picnic tables for staging.

Surface Swim: Short.

Nearby Facilities: Washrooms and a shower on site. The nearest dive shops are in Oak Harbor and Port Townsend.

Special Considerations: No underwater hunting or fishing in the conservation area.

Maximum Depth: 60ft, although much of the life is shallower.

Known Hazards: Strong currents are frequent here, and the ferry arrives on the other side of the jetty. Do not go 'around the corner' into the ferry lane!

Dive Site Description: Dive along the east side of the spit and find a seemingly endless variety of life in the rocks. Wolf eels, octopus, nudibranchs, ling cod, rock fish, and many other species are commonly seen here. Be careful as you approach the end of the spit because the currents may be rippin', even during a supposed slack tide. Up the beach is an abandoned warf. It's shallower but also shelters an amazing array of critters. It's possible to drift from the warf to the jetty in a single dive, sometimes helped by a push from the current. There's a rope at ~45fsw that runs from the warf to the about the middle of the jetty, follow that. Keystone Jetty is indeed a crown jewel of Northwest diving.

Check out Brandon Cole's excellent article in Alert Diver. Note the suggestions for catching the slack tide: "Check current tables (use Admiralty Inlet, subtracting 31 minutes for slack before flood, and adding 1 minute for slack before ebb), and consult the local dive shop. Usually you'll want to enter the water about 30 minutes before the predicted time for slack current." A current chart can be found at: http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/45.html

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