Salt Water State Park

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Jeff Pack
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Re: Salt Water State Park

Post by Jeff Pack » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:25 am

yea, those south winds make that site just brutal.
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- I got a good squirt in my mouth
- I would imagine that there would be a large amount of involuntary gagging
- I don't know about you but I'm not into swallowing it

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Re: Salt Water State Park

Post by LCF » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:15 am

Just one comment about this site . . . surface current here can be horrendous, especially with a south wind. It can be bad enough that scooters can't make headway against it. I still don't completely understand the currents at depth -- my husband dove here midway through a very large flood and had none -- but on windy days, I'd say pick another site.
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Re: Salt Water State Park

Post by Jeremy » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:04 pm

The tire reef was not removed. We missed the north reef today by going too far north on dive 1.

There were hundreds and hundreds of tires between 40-60 fsw north of the north reef.

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Re: Salt Water State Park

Post by enchantmentdivi » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:01 pm

LCF wrote:I think this takes the gold star for dive site listings!


No kidding! AWESOME!
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Re: Salt Water State Park

Post by LCF » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:16 pm

I think this takes the gold star for dive site listings!
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Salt Water State Park

Post by kdupreez » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:01 pm

Dive Site Name: Salt Water State Park

Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced (See Below for descriptions.)

Current Sensitive: YES and Tide Sensitive.

Location/Address:Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198

Coordinates : 47.37328°N, 122.32758°W

Directions: Its in De Moines, Google Salt Water State Park and get directions.

Free Parking: No - Lots of parking, but you need to display a "Discover Pass" or pay upon entry.

Staging Area: GREAT Staging area with picnic tables

Surface Swim: Long surface swim!! or on low tide a long hike!

Nearby Facilities: Bathroom, picnic spot, bbq facilities, everything you would expect at a state park.

Depth: Reef starts at 40ft and goes down to about 90ft

Known Hazards: Current, Long surface

Dive Site Description:
There are 3 artificial reefs that replaced an old tire reef and barge that was removed. This reef is pretty young (About 4 years old i think)

GREAT structure and LOTS of life! Its a FANTASTIC boat dive and also a great shore dive, but remember its a long ass swim out to the reef.

There are 3 mooring buoys (one on each reef) and makes for easy boat dives.

Map showing how far from shore the reefs are (900ft heading NorthWest):
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Map of the 3 reefs, they start at about 40ft and go down to about 90ft each.
[ <<-- North is that way ]
SaltWater2.png


Here is a video to show relief data and rough idea of how they are situated on the hillside.
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Sonar data collected by Koos du Preez and Mike Racine, Sonar processing by Ben Griner, Video made with Fledermaus Pro.
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