Clover Point

 

Location: Clover Point is the cul-de-sac piece of land on the west side of Ross Bay, near the Ross Bay Cemetery and is part of the Dallas Road park. Heading south on Douglas St., turn left onto Dallas Rd., and drive until you see the lookout jutting into the water.

 

Type: Shore dive

 

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Above Water: A popular place to fly kites and storm watch. The bay to the right of the point is a famous windsurfing and kiteboarding spot, and the cliffs provide a great place for hang-gliding. The dive is off either the front or left side of the point. Park your car near the building on the left side of the point. After gearing up, walk down the boat ramp to get into the water.

 

Underwater: This dive is quite shallow, and in most cases you will max out your depth at 25 - 35 ft. (10 - 12 m.) Once in the water, swim in any direction out from the boat launch. What direction you go depends on the marine life you are searching for. The path to the water leads to a massive kelp forest in the summer months. The diversity of life is enough for any photographer to do multiple dives and still not take it all in, as the kelp forest is teeming with life, crabs, and small fish. The eel grass garden is home to thousands of proliferating anemones, and the rocky reefs encompassing the point are home to many species of nudibranches, gunnels, sculpins and burrowing cucumbers. The sand flats are a very intriguing area around Clover Point with hundreds of sea pens dotting the landscape, as well as the occasional skate and dogfish cruising through these shallow depths. One lesser known feature of Clover Point is the railway cars off the end of the point. These four cars are sitting in about 60 ft. (20 m.) of water. They are very challenging to find and quite a ways off the tip of the point.

 

Hazards: Current, and boat traffic: this channel is a shipping lane and the current tends to flow away from shore and out towards open water. Check the current tables before you go. Dive with a flag, as small boats, like that of the whale watching companies, tend to come very close to shore, which is especially hazardous in the summer months. It is also important to carry a knife at this location in case of accidental entanglement in the kelp forest during the summer.

Links:

Indepth history of Clover Point: www.beaconhillparkhistory.org