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Jetty Island Everett Is A Family Day Trip Hidden Treasure

Jetty Island Everett a family day hidden treasure

Jetty Island Everett is 2-mile-long by half-mile-wide man-made island that lies just off the Everett waterfront. The beach is soft sand and remains extremely shallow for a great distance.  This allows the water to heat up and offers a true beach experience.

Jetty Island is home to more than 45 bird species including osprey, shorebirds, hawks, eagles, cormorants and ducks.  It is not uncommon to see seals or even a pod of whales swimming by.

The extreme sport of kiteboarding is growing in popularity and many athletes travel from outside the area to kiteboard at Jetty Island. The combination of steady winds and shallow water make it perfect for the sport.

WHEN CAN YOU ACCESS JETTY ISLAND

OPEN & ACCESSIBLE YEAR-ROUND BY PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

Jetty Island Ferry Season

July 5 – Labor Day

 – Wednesday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
 – Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
 – Sunday; 11 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

 Ferry Reservations Are Required

$3/PERSON (2 & UNDER FREE)

CLICK HERE TO MAKE FERRY RESERVATIONS

Ferry rides are available by reservation only to Jetty Island Everett. Reservations are $3 per person, children 2 and under are free (applicable taxes and booking fees apply). While children 2 and under are free, they still need to have a reservation to board the ferry. 

Note: Standby seats may become available, but will be handled on a first come, first served basis and is not guaranteed. 

WHERE

Port of Everett

The Ferry leaves from Jetty Landing, adjacent to the boat launch at 10th Street and W. Marine View Drive. 

1205 Craftsman Way #200
Everett, WA 98201

Parking

Reservation confirmation will come with an option to pre-purchase Visitor Parking at Jetty Landing at a discounted rate of $2 for up to 8 hours.

Rules & Regulations of the Jetty

  •  Do not bring pets, alcohol or glass containers
  •  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  •  Build campfires ONLY in designated areas
  •  No lifeguards—swim ONLY on the west shore at your own risk
  •  No overnight camping
  •  Take only pictures and leave only footprints!

Keep in mind that you may be in direct sunlight and water for many hours and we strongly recommend that you bring sunscreen, drinking water, snacks, and a change of clothes.

BOATING TO JETTY ISLAND EVERETT

The Port’s Guest Dock 9 is located at Jetty Island, and guest moorage is available on a first-come, first serve basis.

If you are staying less than six (6) hours before 10 p.m., you are not required to pay guest moorage fees, otherwise standard guest moorage rates apply and can be paid via DockWA.

GUEST MOORAGE FEES

FAQS

1.Is Jetty Island ferry transportation available year-round?

No. The Jetty Island ferry does not operate year-round, but it is offered on a seasonal basis and is available by reservation starting Monday, July 5 and then from July 7 to September 6 (Labor Day). Reservations will be available five days a week (Wednesday – Sunday).

Reservations open June 15

 2.Do I need a reservation to board the ferry to Jetty Island? What is the ferry schedule?

Yes. Ferry transportation is available on a reservation basis starting Monday, July 5 and then from Wednesday, July 7 through Labor Day. The ferry operates 5 days a week (Wednesday through Sunday) Ferry service is available between 10a.m. and 7:45p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and between 11a.m. and 6:45p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 

Reservations open June 15. 

3.How often does the ferry take people over to the Jetty?

The ferry departs the Jetty Island Ferry Landing every 15-30 minutes; ticket holders must be onsite to begin boarding 15 minutes before departure. Ferry reservations are required to guarantee your seat(s) on the ferry. 

Reservations open June 15. 

4.Do we need to wear a face mask on the ferry?

Yes. Facemasks are required to be worn while on the ferry (riders ages two and under are exempt). Guests can remove facemasks once on the island, so long as maintaining proper social/physical distance from other guests in line with current state and local heath guidance.  

5. I reserved ferry transportation to the island, but how to I reserve my ride back?

When you arrive at the island, please select an available return time ticket for each person in your party. This allows you to decide how long you wish to stay. Return tickets are limited to the capacity available on each ferry trip, so it’s important to grab your return ticket upon arrival.

6.Is ferry service cancelled during inclement weather?

In the event of inclement weather, ferry service may be cancelled.

7.What should I bring to the island?

Be sure to pack in anything you need to enjoy a fun day at the beach. We suggest you bring plenty of water and any food items you may want while on the island. We cannot stress water enough as there is no running water on the island, and no concessionaires offering food or drink. We also recommend beach chairs, umbrellas, sand and water toys, kites, sunscreen, towels, etc.

8.Are there food or other concessionaires on the island?

No. There are no food and drink, or other concessionaire options once you arrive to the island. Pack in what you need for food and drink (we can’t stress water enough!) and be sure to pack it out with you to keep the island clean. 

9.Is camping allowed on the island?

No. Camping is not allowed on the island, unless as part of a City parks sponsored and/or permitted program. 

10.Can I bring my dog onto the ferry?

No dogs or other pets are allowed on the ferry or out on the island. Jetty Island is a nature preserve providing key habitat for various bird species and other wildlife that could be spooked by our four-legged friends. Service animals are allowed. 

11.Is alcohol or marijuana allowed on the island?

No. Drugs and alcohol are not allowed to be brought onto the island. 

12.Can I take my own boat to the island?

Yes, the Port of Everett offers a guest moorage dock for mooring private boats while visiting the island. Guest moorage is free for up to six hours, thereafter, posted rates apply and can be paid via the DockWA mobile app. Simply search Port of Everett to find and pay for your stay. Maximum moorage stay is two days. 

13.Are there lifeguards on the island?

No, there are no lifeguards on the island. Caution is advised. 

14.Is the ferry ADA accessible? What about the island?

The Port of Everett’s Jetty Landing Ferry Dock is ADA accessible, and Argosy Cruises offers an ADA ramp for boarding the ferry vessel; however, Jetty Island is a natural sandy beach habitat and is not ADA accessible. 

15.Can I build a bonfire on the island?

Yes, but only in designated fire pits. There are three designated fire pits located near the main beach available for use on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors must provide their own firewood and the fire must not be left unattended. Beach fires or burning of driftwood is not allowed. 

16. Can I bring my portable BBQ?

No portable BBQ or cooking equipment is allowed on the island. 

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Jason Fox is a father, a real estate broker, a marketing specialist, and a friend. Being born and raised in the Pacific Northwest he has a unique and interesting perspective on local real estate that he can't wait to share with you. Jason lives in the Meadowdale neighborhood and hopes to see you out walking, at the park, at the movies, on a trail, on Stevens Pass, on the beach, at a lake, at a Seahawks or Mariners game, or just commenting on the blog.

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