On the island

Family sitting on the sandy beach of Jetty Island

Once you’re there, you’ll have a little bit of a walk along some sandy paths to get to the beach. Please note that these paths are not very friendly for strollers or wheelchairs.

The only restrooms on the island are just off the ferry dock, so make a stop before boarding the ferry land side or when you first arrive to avoid hiking back later.

Along the way, you’ll begin to notice that the Jetty is, in fact, remarkable, and the author of this tourism article is not a liar. You’ll see kites in the air (Jetty Island is a popular spot for kiteboarding), people playing volleyball, throwing frisbees and swimming in the warm frothy water. You’ll also see tons of natural beauty and wildlife. The PNW rules, doesn’t it?

Regarding safety, be smart. There is no lifeguard on duty, and though the water is pretty calm and shallow most of the time, tidal changes are still going on so swim at your own risk and ability. There aren’t any sharks, but you may spot a crab or some other saltwater creatures. Nothing too scary, but if you have water shoes, they’re not a bad idea. Pay attention for signs about ghost shrimp.

Also, you may think because it’s Washington, you’re less likely to get burned. Take it from us locals – you will. Wear sunscreen! 

Remember to leave your furry friends at home. Pets are not allowed on Jetty Island, except for service animals.

Daily programs

Our awesome Jetty staff are always hosting great activities for the whole family to enjoy including yoga, crafts for the kiddos, nature walks, campfires and more.


Set up your blanket get settled in for the day – there isn’t a wrong spot. We suggest exploring as much of the island as you wish, while leaving someone at the blanket to guard the food from sneaky seagulls. Consider grabbing food to go from a local restaurant downtown like Valley Organic Deli or check out the Sno-Isle Co-Op. There are also great options at one of the many eateries at the waterfront.


The Jetty is a great place to beat the summer heat with a swim. Swimming is only allowed on the west shore (the shore facing away from the Port of Everett Marina). There are no lifeguards on duty, so take extra precautions and swim at your own risk.