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Swinomish Channel INFO

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THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS DREDGED THE SWINOMISH CHANNEL 2012/2013!

Swinomish Channel Currents at La Conner:

THESE RULES OF THUMB will help you predict slack water and current direction at La Conner. The actual time of slack water and duration of current flow are dependent on the range between high and low water, and are affected by river runoff (from the Skagit River).

Approximate is the best you can get;

USE SEATTLE TIDES AND ADD 30 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO ANY ADJUSTMENTS FOR DAYLIGHT~

  • Slack water occurs 2.5 - 4 hours after high or low water at Seattle + 30 minutes
  • Current flows north 2.5 - 4 hours before high water to 2.5 - 4 hours after high water
  • Current flows south 2.5 - 4 hours before low water to 2.5 - 4 hours after low water.

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE HAS A 75'9" CLEARANCE (the cables have a 72' clearance), the TWIN BRIDGES bridge has a 75' clearance.

The Charles Wilkes expedition first chartered the water course now known as the Swinomish Channel in 1841.

The town of La Connerís namesakes, John and Louisa A. Conner, were among the first non-Indians to settle in La Conner in 1870. They operated a large store and dock south of the present town.

In 1891, the Corps of Engineers (C-of-E) surveyed and began dredging at the Hole-in-the-Wall. 1903 was the C-of-Eís first major attempt to convert the slough into a controlled channel. In 1908, additional dike piling took place, from McGlinn Island to Goat Island.

From 1936 to 1938, the C-of-E dredged the entire 11-mile channel into the configuration that it is today. Ed OíLeary, a member of the C-of-E starting in 1929, was Master of Dredges & Hydrographic Survey Boats. He participated and oversaw the completion of the entire dredging project.

The first bridge to connect the town of La Conner and the Swinomish Reservation was built in 1916 and ran directly from the end of Morris street across the channel.

The Rainbow Bridge, originally called the Skagit County Bridge, was built in 1957. It had a primer color of orange applied, and the townsfolk preferred that color over the required 'green' for county bridges and petitioned to keep the color orange as it is today.

The railroad bridge at the north end of the channel was built in 1891.

La Conner Yacht Sales

611 Dunlap Street, in the La Conner Marina
Mailing address: P.O. Box 680
La Conner, WA 98257-0680, United States

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Tel 360.466.3300
Fax 360.466.3533
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