Point Hudson, Quimper Peninsula
Point Hudson has a varied topography, with eelgrass along the beach and a steep slope that drops to 45’ at The Dolphin (big concrete piling assembly in the water). This is where a submarine net was attached on the Port Townsend side of the bay during WWI and WWII.

The jetty is a fantastic dive with an old sunken barge covered in marine life that can be found in approximately 60’ of water just off the end of the jetty itself. Look for Plumose Anemones, multiple species of nudibranchs, sponges, giant barnacles, sea urchins, and many varieties of crab, including Juvenile Puget Sound King, Decorator, Heart, Rock, and Dungeness. Also look for mounds of crab shells which indicate a Giant Pacific Octopus is close by. Fish include Kelp Greenlings, Lingcod, sculpins, warbonnets, and at least six different species of rockfish, including Canary, which is protected in Washington State.

For an enjoyable drift dive, follow the 60’ curve along the water and check out the remnants of Port Townsend’s Victorian seaport days including the possibility of finding antique bottles. Look for nudibranchs and sea pens, Grunt Sculpins and gunnels, and some good sized Lingcod.
Point Hudson is suitable for beginning to advanced divers, but requires the ability to accurately read currents.

Photos by Mark Peil