|South Puget Sound - excerpted from chart 18448|
The southern part of Puget sound has a very different feel than that portion north of the Tacoma Narrows (in the upper right of the chart above - click on the image for a full-sized version). In the South Sound, the waterways are narrower, the boat traffic seems smaller, and wonderfully, the water is warmer. You will actually see boats pulling water skiers in the South Sound. In fact, the water is warm enough for oysters to grow.
Which brings us, in a way, to McMicken Island. McMicken Island State Marine Park lies a little less than half way up Case Inlet, close on its western shore. If you are coming from above the Narrows, you will want to time your passage thru the Narrows to take advantage of the substantial ride you will get from the tidal current. In fact, the tidal ride will carry you well past the southern tip of Fox Island. There are tide rips here, where the flow divides into a stream running up into Carr Inlet and one which continues South to the Nisqually Reach. Tho it is always best to have the tide in your favor, it won't be all that much help to you once you round the southern tip of Anderson Island.
|(soundings in fathoms)|
|McMicken Island, looking East|
|Looking South, over the tombolo at low tide|