Looking for Wildlife at The Port
The Port of Everett is a natural deep-water port located 25 miles north of Seattle on the Puget Sound.
The port operates the largest public marina on the West Coast, and just like any state port, it aims to efficiently move goods into and throughout Washington state and the world. It brings jobs, businesses and tourism into the community and region.
The marina has more than 2,300 recreational boating slips and a 13-lane boat launch facility. It is protected by Jetty Island, a man-made beach, and offers more than 5,000 lineal feet of guest moorage strategically located around restaurants and activities throughout the marina. The beach draws more than 50,000 visitors a year.
It has a waterfront access where you can walk along the warm sand, play in the water and explore the nature trails of the two-mile island. You can also make use of the free ferry but should have reservations.
Jetty Island is home to more than 45 bird species including osprey, hawks, eagles, ducks, and other distinct aquatic birds, like cormorants. It serves as a wildlife preserve for many species of waterfowl and juvenile salmon On occasions, lucky visitors may see seals surfacing or lounging near the water’s edge or even see gray whales during their spring migration.
Another point in the port that is considered a great location for wildlife lovers is Union Slough. Located in the Snohomish River estuary, this 24-acre estuarine marsh mudflat habitat creates a home for native species. Find the endangered Chinook salmon, shorebirds, and Dungeness crab by the marshes. A walkway surrounds the mitigation site, which allows visitors and spectators to view the numerous water birds and wildlife that inhabit the restored wetland area.
Also, visit the Waterfront Parks and open spaces to watch for various birds and seals while having a picnic. You can fish off the pier near the boat launch while taking in the sights and sounds of the waterfront. There are many points at The Port of Everett to watch nature at its best.
Wildlife in the City
No need to go far for a nature trip while in Everett. Oggle at wildlife and go bird-watching while staying at our hotel in Everett . The Port of Everett is just 15 to 16 minutes away. So bring the family and enjoy the marina and all its offerings. Our friendly hotel staff will always be on hand to help you get there.