Low-low tide season begins on West Seattle beaches

(WSB photo from minus-3-foot low-low tide in 2018)

This week marks the start of low-low tide season on our shores – the time of year when the lowest tides dip to minus 2 feet and beyond, during daylight hours so you can explore without a flashlight! Highlights from the chart: Today at 12:41 pm, the low tide bottoms out at -1.6 feet; tomorrow, it’s -1.9 at 1:21 pm; Wednesday, it’s -2.0 at 2:05 pm, and that’s the lowest tide of the week. These are the new-moon low tides; later this month the full moon takes them out even further, including -2.2 at noon on Sunday, May 19th (hang around after the West Seattle 5K!) and -2.3 at 12:38 pm on Monday, May 20th. Looking beyond, June’s lowest tide is -3.0 at 1 pm on Wednesday, June 5th. In July, the lowest tide of the summer arrives: -3.4 on the 4th (and the day before!). If you go exploring during low tides, please tread lightly! Expert guidance will be available at Constellation and Lincoln Parks when Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists visit on certain dates in June, July, and August (see the dates and times here).

7 Replies to "Low-low tide season begins on West Seattle beaches"

  • Mj May 6, 2019 (9:13 am)

    Thank you for the heads up.

  • Yma May 6, 2019 (9:31 am)

    Oh boy! So much to see – some of the history of West Seattle & the critters that are right there, just under the surface. Do take care. Wander & wonder.

  • Out for a Walk May 6, 2019 (2:22 pm)

    Remember!  Walk public beaches only. Many are private and while by state law you can walk across the private beach you cannot stop and pick up anything nor carry anything away with you nor can you walk up into the private property. That is trespassing. …Enjoy the public beaches!  

    • newnative May 7, 2019 (8:19 am)

      and don’t leave anything behind that doesn’t belong there like Starbucks cups of coffee, cigarette butts, wrapper. Take your trash. I always find fresh trash way out there.     

    • Nolan May 8, 2019 (11:15 am)

      So… you can enjoy private beaches too, is what you’re saying?

  • Teddy May 7, 2019 (7:11 am)

    Thanks for the info. I never knew there was a “season” for tides. (Native Midwesterner here:)

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