The U.S. Coast Guard reports shoaling at the south end of Swinomish Channel:
Shoaling has been reported in the Swinomish Channel, on the north side of the channel between Swinomish Channel South Entrance Daybeacon 13 (LLNR 18826) and Swinomish Channel South Entrance Light 11 (LLNR 18815) in the vicinity of Goat Island. The USACE survey from Nov 2012 shows the channel varying from 8 feet to 14 feet in the vicinity. The southern Swinomish Channel has a history of shoaling, therefore, mariners are advised to transit this waterway at the highest tide possible and exercise good seamanship and voyage planning.
Swinomish Channel was last dredged in the winter of 2012/2013. Earlier this month the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $920,000 to re-dredge the south entrance of Swinomish Channel in 2014, though work likely won’t begin until fall.
La Conner with Mount Baker in the background.