Jetty Island opens to visitors on Saturday

EVERETT — A classic summer destination reopens to the public on Saturday. Jetty Island will be invaded by visitors with promising weather and waterside fun. More than 50,000 people visit Jetty Island each year.

Access is via a short ferry ride from the Port of Everett.

Man-made Jetty Island spans two miles and is composed of sediment deposited by the Snohomish River. The port gained ownership of the island in 1929. Assisted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a marsh was built from dredged river material in 1989.

There is no electricity or plumbing on the island. The only structure is a floating restroom, offshore. The island is home to many wildlife species including salmon, waterfowl and bald eagles. Jetty Island offers warm sand, shallow waters and picturesque nature trails to visitors.

The yearly island opening includes educational walks and tours for all ages. So grab a beach towel, a picnic lunch and plenty of sunscreen to enjoy one of Everett’s best local getaways.

If you go

Jetty Island is open from July 5 to Sept. 1.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Parking: The Port of Everett parking fee is $3. The ferry departs seven days a week from the Jetty Landing at 10th and W Marine View Drive.

Ferry reservations: Strongly recommended. City of Everett residents may make a single or group reservation. Visitors from outside the city can make reservations for groups of eight or more. Reservations are accepted 48 hours in advance, but guests are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. The ferry is free, but a suggested donation of $2 per adult and $1 per child is suggested. For reservations, call 425-257-8304.

Rules:

Leave pets, alcohol and glass containers on the mainland.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Build campfires only in designated areas.

Swim only on the west shore, at your own risk — there are no lifeguards.

No overnight camping.

Brenna Holland: bholland@heraldnet.com.

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