Spend 4th of July on the beach at the Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration

Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration - July 2011
Visitors comb the beach at last year’s Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration. Photo: Kyle Murphy/DNR

Like to explore beaches at low tide? Looking for an escape on the midweek Fourth of July holiday?

Consider spending the day at the 7th annual Vashon-Maury Island Low Tide Celebration taking place at Point Robinson Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4. This annual event celebrates the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve on one of the lowest tides during summer.

Low tide at high noon
The free event will expose you to critters and sights you might not normally see, with beach naturalists who can show you the difference between a sunflower star and a sun star, and more. The low tide of -3 feet will be at noon.

Other reasons to attend this year’s celebration:
• Tour the historic Point Robinson lighthouse.
• View flora, fauna, and cultural displays.
• Take a beach walk to learn about traditional native uses of shoreline resources with Odin Lonning, a traditional Tlingit artist and cultural educator.
• Witness the landing of the “Blue Heron,” a traditional Salish canoe.

DNR’s Aquatic Reserve Program will have a booth at the event presenting recent and ongoing studies happening in the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve, as well as sharing information about the mooring buoy project under development in Quartermaster Harbor.

DNR designated Maury Island as an Aquatic Reserve in 2000. The site is known for its significant habitat diversity, including eelgrass beds, Pacific herring spawning habitat, Chinook salmon, and bull trout migratory corridors. Few other places within this region compare to Maury Island.

The low tide celebration is truly a community-based event sponsored by: DNR, Vashon Park District, Vashon College, Keepers of Point Robinson, Washington Scuba Alliance, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Vashon Maury Island Land Trust, Vashon Beach Naturalists, Vashon Hydrophone Project, and Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society.

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