WEST SEATTLE BEACHES: Low-low tides this week

If you enjoy exploring the beach at low tide, this is your week. The chart shows low-low tides through Friday. Today at 11:44 am, it’ll be out to -2.9 feet; Tuesday at 12:27 pm, -3.5 feet; Wednesday at 1:13 pm, -3.7 feet; Thursday at 2:03 pm, -3.4 feet; and Friday at 2:56 pm, -2.6 feet. The Seattle Aquarium‘s volunteer beach naturalists don’t start their seasonal schedule for a few more weeks, so you’ll have to explore on your own, but please remember to tread lightly, as the low-low tides expose animals and plants that spend most of the year underwater. You can also appreciate the revealed shoreline by observing from overlooks/sidewalks/trails including Duwamish Head, Constellation Park, Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook, and Lincoln Park. If you can’t get out this week (or if the weather gets in the way, which it might on Wednesday), next month will bring even-lower low tides – three days at or below -4.0, starting June 14th.

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BEACHES: Low-low tides this week"

  • WSOwl May 16, 2022 (10:53 am)

    Yesterday I caught sight of a river otter crossing Fauntleroy while walking near Lincoln Park. A good reminder to be on the lookout!

  • Lucy May 16, 2022 (11:01 am)

    Please also remember: dogs are not allowed on the beach.  

    • PLS May 16, 2022 (1:08 pm)

      Thank you, Lucy. I echo this reminder with an absolute begging to follow the laws and rules. It’s simply wrong and unfair that those of us who want a peaceful walk on the beach have to hesitate to plan one or more likely forego it all together out of fear of encountering them. Keep the dogs on leashes and off the beach!

      • sigh May 16, 2022 (1:24 pm)

        PLS, its not about being unfair to those who fear of dogs.. that is not why the law is written AT ALL – This law helps us protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines

        • PLS May 17, 2022 (3:03 pm)

          Agree that the core intent is the ecosystem, but the people letting their dogs run wild clearly do not give a good g*d*mn about that. Thought I’d at least appeal to their human nature if they have any.

  • Mermaid May 17, 2022 (10:45 am)

    Maybe WS could benefit from some additional dog parks? It’s important to protect the eco system and wildlife, and provide for dogs. Maybe a park with a dog pool and other water features could be fun :)


  • Gebus May 20, 2022 (10:39 am)

    Where are the best places to see some starfish etc?
    My daughter and I went to Alki yesterday and there were a lot of birds and dead crabs but no good tide pool spots.

    • Mary C. May 21, 2022 (10:44 am)

      Did you go on the other side of Alki to Constellation Park? That has the starfish and sea anemones because of the old pilings and concrete. 

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