Shannon Point Marine Center
Western Washington University
1900 Shannon Point Road
Anacortes, WA 98221 USA
(360) 293-2188, (360) 650-7400
Getting to Shannon Point
The Shannon Point Marine Center is located in Anacortes, Washington, USA, approximately 40 miles from the Western Washington University campus in Bellingham, Washington. The facility is located on the mainlandand is readily accessible by car. Depending on traffic, it takes approximately 2 hours to drive to Shannon Point from Seattle, Washington or Vancouver, British Columbia. Proof-of-citizenship is required to cross the US-Canadian border.
The Marine Center is located within walking distance of the Washington State Ferry terminal in Anacortes. From Anacortes, the ferries serve Lopez Island, Shaw Island, and San Juan Island (home of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Marine Laboratory) year round. Seasonal service is available to Sidney, British Columbia.
San Juan Airlines has service between Anacortes (74S) and the San Juan Islands from the airports of Eastsound (ORS) on Orcas Island, Friday Harbor (FHR) on San Juan Island, Lopez on Lopex Island, and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. Pick-ups and dropoffs to and from other airports in the San Juan Island are available. San Juan Airlines also offers charter service throughout Western Washington and British Columbia.
Service to the major international airports in Seattle, Washington (SEA) and Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR) is available through many air carriers. There is also a smaller regional airport in Bellingham, Washington (BLI) near the Western Washington University campus that is served by regional air carrier service from Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
The Bellair Airporter Shuttle offers transportation between the Seattle-Tacoma airport and Anacortes. Additional information about ground transportation to and from the Seattle-Tacoma airport is available through their web site. There is also train and bus service between the city of Seattle and Mount Vernon (about 20 miles from SPMC), and local bus service service within Skagit County.
From exit 230 on I-5, get on Route 20 headed west (away from the mountains). Follow the signs on Route 20 towards the Anacortes ferry (do not take the spur of Route 20 that heads towards Oak Harbor). The highway will turn onto Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. Follow Commercial Avenue until you reach the Safeway. At that intersection, turn left onto 12th Street and stay on 12th Street (which changes names to Oakes Avenue) for about 4 miles to the light above the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. Go straight through that light onto Sunset Drive. About 0.25 miles past the light, make a right turn onto Shannon Point Road (if you reach Washington Park, you missed the turn). Follow Shannon Point Road to the end and park. Follow the path from the parking lot to the Shannon Point Marine Center main entrance.
From the Anacortes Ferry Terminal:
Upon leaving the ferry terminal, follow the road up the hill to the traffic light. Make a right hand turn onto Sunset Drive. About 0.25 miles past the light, make a right turn onto Shannon Point Road (if you reach Washington Park, you missed the turn). Follow Shannon Point Road to the end and park. Follow the path from the parking lot to the Shannon Point Marine Center main entrance.