Public Fishing Pier at Port of Edmonds
While the public fishing pier is open all year, every day, the fishing regulations may not necessarily allow fishing from it at any time. The pier is located in Washington Fish and Wildlife Area 9 in terms of what and when fishing seasons are open and closed, and it is advisable to check the WDFW to determine when fishing is allowed in this area. Also, it is necessary to obtain the required permits.
The fishing pier has several shelters which include cleaning stations (sinks) right there on the pier. Restrooms are located at the entrance to the fishing pier near the visitor's center. They are not immediately visible but are also not extremely hidden either.
While fishing is only allowed in certain seasons, during clear weather it is possible to get some spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains from here any time there is a clear day.
The pier is located on the water south of the ferry terminal and south of Olympic Beach. It may be considered a branch of the Edmonds Marine Walkway. The parking area is located at the intersection of Admiral Way, Railroad Avenue and Dayton Street.
The walkway from the Edmonds Marine Walkway to the Fishing Pier has a sculpture of salmon that rotate with the wind (see photos 2 and 3)
Small Park on Port of Kingston Land
Just south of Brackett's Landing Park south end, there is a small continuation of this park. It is very hard to tell where private land begins and public land ends, and there are no unfriendly signs indicating that you are unwelcome. However, nothing indicates you are welcome either.
Some of this land is a small park that is part of the Port of Edmonds. It includes a small bit of beach access, the paved walkway called the Edmonds Marine Walkway and a sculpture called "Seeing Whales". The north end of the park has another sculpture of seals and human observers.
One of the more unique items in this little park is a ramp that goes down to water level, and the end of this ramp is covered by water at high tide. I'm quite certain that it is set up for those launching human-carried craft into the water, but by all appearances it seems to be a wheelchair ramp for those inclined to be able to touch the waters of Puget Sound.
This small park may be accessed by simply walking south from Brackett's Landing Park along the Edmonds Marine Walkway into what appears to be a waterfront front yard. Some of this is in fact a waterfront front yard through which the walkway passes, but just slightly south of there the land is owned by the Port of Edmonds.
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Edmonds Marina Beach Park: Olympic Views
Located on the south end of the publicly accessible part of the Edmonds Waterfront, this small park features an off-least dog area, beach access, picnic facilities, and a small playground. Most beaches on Puget Sound are not sand beaches, but pea-sized gravel. The Edmonds Marina Beach Park has sandy areas, making it reasonably popular on warm days.
The off-leash dog area is popular among dog owners no matter what the weather.
There are some pretty spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains on a clear day, and a photographic sign in the park gives the names of the various peaks that are visible.
From here, it is possible to walk north along the Edmonds Marine Walkway or along the sidewalk beside the entry road.
The road access to the park is located at the far south end of Admiral Way South, which can be accessed from Main Street and then Railroad Avenue or Dayton Street.
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Edmonds Marine Walkway: Short and Hidden
As you can well imagine, this walkway runs along the Edmonds waterfront. However, it isn't necessarily very easy to find for its entire length.
From Main Street at the ferry terminal, it is obvious that you can go south along the water on a narrow paved pathway. However, from all appearances it looks like this pathway ends at the south end of the small park along the water.
This is not the case: you can continue to follow this trail out to the Edmonds Public Fishing Pier. Once you reach this location, it again appears that the public section of the trail ends.
Carefully look at the location where the fishing pier joins the mainland, and you will actually see a marked crosswalk that passes through the area where an overhead straddle loader is used to drop boats into the water. Continuing south along this marked crosswalk will lead to a walkway (sometimes paved, sometimes wooden planks) that continues south between the waterfront buildings and the marina.
At the far south end of the trail, it comes to an end at Marina Beach Park, after crossing a bridge over part of the marina.
The trail doesn't offer a huge number of scenic views due to the marina and its boats and boat houses being between the trail and the Olympic Mountains on the other side of the water. However, there are a few places where a decent view is possible through here. While there is a lot of boat loading and unloading traffic here there are no major highways nearby so there isn't the constant roar of freeway noise or similar racket. There is a railroad line on the other side of the Port of Edmonds buildings.
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Edmonds Marsh: Reasonably Known Bird Watching
Not so very long ago the area that now hosts a fair amount of industry south of the downtown Edmonds core was tidal salt water marshland. This is not a common type of ecosystem in the Puget Sound area any more, as much of this has given way to development of various types. At one time it is thought that the Edmonds Marsh was about 40 acres not so very long ago, but today is approximately 23 acres.
Although it is listed among the Puget Sound region's important habitat areas for bird life, it is exceptionally difficult to find if you are not on foot. It is almost completely hidden behind industrial areas and other suburban sprawl.
There is currently a short boardwalk that allows access to a small observation platform, plus a paved walkway that runs along the edge of the marsh and allows access to several more observation platforms. There are plans for more boardwalk and trails and observation areas but those may take some time to construct.
The current walkway is very short, and can be walked in about 10 minutes from one extreme end to the other.
Bird species seen in the marsh include green-winged teal, American coot, pintail, killdeer, marsh wren, great blue heron, common snipe, belted kingfisher, common nighthawk, western meadowlark, and many others. Keep in mind that a number of the birds seen here are migratory, and therefore not seen all year. Others are relatively infrequently seen but seen enough to keep up the interest in the marsh, such as an occasional short-eared owl.
The trees on the opposite side of the marsh from the observation decks host a great blue heron roost, and possibly a rookery.
How to Get Here:
From the main part of downtown, head west on Dayton Street. Before crossing the railroad line, turn south into the parking lot of a commercial center that features a hotel and home brewery supply house. One end of the trail is just south of the Gallagher's Where U Brew store (the entrance shown in photo 1). The other end of the trail, which is extremely obscure, is just south of the Best Western Hotel Harbor Inn just of State Route 104.
From the ferry terminal head south on Railroad Avenue, and then cross the tracks and enter the commercial center at the first driveway you come to.
A map of the area is available in photo 4 (from one of the interpretive signs on one of the observation decks). What is called "Harbor Square" on the map is the commercial center where the hotel, U-Brew store, and various other businesses are located.
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