I know this place is in Enterprise Channel, but this is a different entry point than my usual spot. To get here, go down to the end of Radcliffe Lane where there is a flower-lined public beach access. I went in mid-May, 2007 and swam out around the point on the right into the channel. According to the chart, out to the left is a large, flat, shallow area which didn't really appeal to me. I swam out and to the right, following the contour where the steep rock met the sand. It was a very low tide and this margin was around 30-40 feet deep. Visibility was around 10-15 feet. There was the usual variety of smaller, current loving life such as encrusting sponges and areas covered with tiny grey burrowing sea cucumbers. Eventually I reached a sandy-bottomed canyon that cut up towards shore. It was about 15 feet wide and one of the steep walls was covered with clumps of plumose anemones. I spent most of my time taking pictures in this area. There weren't many fish, just a few kelp greenlings, perch, a copper rockfish and a small lingcod. I continued to swim West towards my usual entry point, but when I was getting close, the current picked up and swept me back to the McMicking Point beach. By Enterprise Channel standards, most of the dive was nothing special, but the plumose anemone canyon deserves another visit.
SUNFLOWER STARS
PLUMOSE ANEMONES AND URCHIN
PLUMOSE ANEMONES
PLUMOSE ANEMONES AND ORANGE CUCUMBER
PLUMOSE ANEMONES
PLUMOSE ANEMONES
LIFE ON CANYON WALL
LIFE ON ROCKS
ANEMONES ON TOP OF CANYON WALL
SUNFLOWER STAR
PLUME WORMS
PLUMOSE ANEMONES
CANYON WALL
LIFE ON REEF
SUNFLOWER STARS
PLUMOSE ANEMONES
SUNFLOWER STAR
ANEMONE AND KELP
SPONGE AND CORRALINE ALGAE
DUNGENESS CRAB
LOOKING AT LIFE ON REEF
PARKING
TRAIL TO BEACH
TRAIL TO BEACH
TRAIL TO BEACH
SHORELINE
BEACH
BOAT GOING THROUGH ENTERPRISE CHANNEL
BEACH AT LOW TIDE
SHORELINE
BOAT GOING THROUGH ENTERPRISE CHANNEL
LOOKING BACK TOWARDS TRAIL
WHALE-WATCHING BOAT IN CHANNEL
KAYAKERS IN ENTERPRISE CHANNEL
KAYAKERS GOING THROUGH CHANNEL
KAYAKERS AND WHALE-WATCHING BOAT
PANORAMA OF BEACH
-More from June 22, 2007. Visibility was around 25 feet.
IN THE KELP
PUGET SOUND KING CRAB
SUNFLOWER STAR AND ANEMONES
SUNFLOWER STARS
WALL OF PLUMOSE ANEMONES
WALL OF PLUMOSE ANEMONES
SMALL WALL
PLUMOSE ANEMONES AND KELP
COPPER ROCKFISH UNDER KELP
PUGET SOUND KING CRAB
PUGET SOUND KING CRAB
ABOVE SMALL WALL
PUGET SOUND KING CRAB
PUGET SOUND KING CRAB AND PLUMOSE ANEMONES
ANOTHER PUGET SOUND KING CRAB
PUGET SOUND KING CRAB AGAIN
WALL OF ANEMONES AND SUNSHINE
ANEMONES AND YELLOW ENCRUSTING SPONGE
LOOKING AT PUGET SOUND KING CRAB
PLUMOSE ANEMONES AND SUNFLOWER STAR UNDER KELP
panorama of beach