Jetty Island

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Jetty Island

Passenger ferry available during Jetty Island Days (July 5 – Labor Day)

Bask in the sun, play in the sand and swim in the warm shallow waters at the Port of Everett’s Jetty Island. This hidden waterfront gem offers the longest sandy beach in the Puget Sound with an untouched natural beauty - a rarity in the Pacific Northwest.

The island is open to visitors year-round by personal watercraft, or you can catch a ride on the foot ferry to the island during Jetty Island Days from July 5 thru Labor Day. Jetty Island Days is provided in partnership with the City of Everett, bringing more than 50,000 people to the island every summer season.

If you haven’t planned your beach day yet, what are you waiting for! Explore this page for all the details to plan your trip. 

Ferry & Reservations

During Jetty Island Days (July 5 - Labor Day), the 60-passenger ferry operates daily*. The ferry departs from Jetty Landing, adjacent to the boat launch at 10th Street and W. Marine View Drive. Pick up available boarding passes upon arrival at the Jetty Island Kiosk. Available return time passes can be picked upon arrival to the Jetty. 

Ferry Schedule
    - Monday - Thursday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    - Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    - Sunday; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Ferry reservations can be made by Everett residents with proof of residency. Residents and non-residents in groups of 8+ can also make ferry reservations. Reservations must be made at least two (2) business days in advance. For questions or to complete a reservation, call the Jetty Island Reservation Line at (425) 257-8304 during office hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.) Note: Anyone with a reservation must arrive to the Jetty Island Kiosk at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled ferry departure or the reserved passes will be released and given to those waiting in the standby line. 

Cancellations & Closures*
Ferry service may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Early closures may be necessary on nice days when Jetty Island reaches maximum capacity. Call ahead to check for closures at the Jetty Island Reservation Line - (425) 257-8304.

Site History

The Port-owned Jetty Island is a man-made island composed of sediment deposited by the Snohomish River. It began as a riprap jetty in the late 1800s and provided a protected harbor and navigation channel. The Port of Everett gained ownership of Jetty Island in 1929 and, with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, built a new marsh of dredged river materials in 1989. The original dredged material is more than 100 years old and has been added to over time as the result of maintenance dredging of the Snohomish River Channel.

Jetty Island is a jewel to all who visit its sandy beaches, a rarity in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors often speak of Jetty Island’s untouched natural beauty. With no electricity or plumbing, the only structure on the island is the seasonal floating restroom off its shores. Jetty Island is a nature preserve with juvenile salmon, waterfowl and bald eagles being just a few examples of the wildlife living on the Jetty. Continuous work is being done to improve and expand the island’s wildlife habitat.

Jetty Island Activities

The extreme sport kiteboarding is growing in popularity and many athletes travel from outside the area to kiteboard at Jetty Island.

The island is as educationally important as it is for summer recreation, serving as the perfect teaching tool regarding the importance of wildlife preservation and the nearby estuary. There are several educational walks and tours offered to learn about the local ecosystem. Many visitors come to observe the wide variety of bird species that have made Jetty Island their home. More than 50,000 people visit the Jetty Island each year!

Please note, we suggest that you bring jackets, sunscreen, drinking water and beverages, shoes and changes of clothing for everyone in your group. Our all-sand paths are not suitable for strollers and other wheeled equipment.

Rules & Regulations

  •   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!

Guest Moorage

Boating to Jetty Island? 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.

Pack it in. Pack it out. Thank you!