Duke’s files application for Shilshole restaurant

Last May Duke’s Chowder House and the Port of Seattle announced the plan to open a new restaurant at Shilshole Bay Marina. Duke’s was awarded a 20-year lease to build the restaurant and an outdoor seating area overlooking the marina.

Today Duke’s filed the official land use application to get started on the project.

The location of the planned 3-story building is the grassy area in the central plaza area, just to the north of the Leif Erikson statue and south of the marina building (click for larger):

While the project won’t displace any parking spots, the restaurant’s construction — combined with the ongoing upgrade of the marina’s restrooms and a paving project — will disrupt parking at the marina. Restaurant construction is expected to begin around the middle of this year with the Duke’s grand opening slated for mid-2019.

Shilshole Bay Marina to get an upgrade

Updated: The Port of Seattle has approved $12 million in funding to upgrade the restrooms and re-pave the parking lot at Shilshole Bay Marina.

The project includes creating three new sustainable buildings: two large facilities with restrooms, shower and laundry will be located at the south and central areas of the marina, and a smaller restroom and shower building will be located at the north end. Two of the existing structures will be repurposed into storage, and the other two will be torn down.

Here’s the map showing the new locations:

The building’s sustainable features include radiant heated floors, water saving fixtures, stormwater management and rooftop photovoltaic panel arrays on the two larger buildings. The solar panels will save an estimated 70% of the restrooms’ electrical use.

Construction is slated to begin next summer.

Steve reminds us in comments that Duke’s Chowder House is coming to Shilshole Marina in 2019, just 30 feet away from the water.

Here’s an early sketch. “It’s a dreamy spot,” founder Duke Moscrip told Eater back in May. “There aren’t many like it in the world. We hit a home run.”

Multiple boats destroyed in Shilshole Bay Marina fire


A fire that ripped through a boat house moored at the Shilshole Bay Marina just before 8 p.m. on Sunday destroyed as many as five boats and sent a visible plume of smoke throughout much of the Seattle area.

The Seattle Fire Department has confirmed that the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of improperly discarded rags that had been used for staining. The fire has been ruled accidental.

Damage loss is estimated at $4 million.


A house boat is currently on fire in the Shilshole Bay Marina.

Seattle Fire Department crews have responded and locals have posted videos on Twitter from the scene.

The My Ballard team will update this story with more information as soon as it is available.

First ever Shilshole Boatfest set for next month

Shilshole Bay Marina is celebrating its first-ever Shilshole Boatfest on June 10. The fun will kick off at 11 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.                                                                                                  

This free event will allow attendees to get out on a boat (or many), introduce them to people who can help them navigate how to get into boating (even without owning a boat), and how to boat safely.

After enjoying time on the water in the boats of their choice, the shoreside festival offers more fun for all with activities including two sea-themed bounce houses, lawn games for kids and adults, live music by Marina Christopher and The Side Project, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and many boating-related and Ballard community partner booths.

Visitors can try out boating in many forms (all are free of charge):

  • Sail with Sound Experience on the historic 133-foot schooner Adventuress. Two three-hour sails will be offered.
  • Take a cruise into Shilshole Bay and back on 20-40 foot sailboats from Sail Northwest, Seattle Sailing Club, and Windworks Sailing & Powerboating. Take the helm or help hoist a sail under the instruction of licensed skippers.
  • Experience the thrill of powerboating with a trip beyond the breakwater with rides by Freedom Boat Club Seattle.
  • Watch kids (ages six to 14) learn to sail as they receive instruction right in the marina on Opti dinghies with Corinthian Yacht Club.
  • Enjoy 20-minute test drives of kayaks and standup paddleboards from Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard.

Additional vessels will be available for viewing and boarding:

  • For those who have always wondered what it’s like to live on a boat, the Shilshole Liveaboard Association will have boats open for touring and their owners available to chat about their on-water lifestyle.
  • Learn how to enjoy Washington State’s marine parks and safe boating practices with their 23-foot, bright yellow, aluminum WALTER – Washington’s All-Equipped Law Enforcement Trailing and Education Resource boat.
  • And the ever-popular Seattle Fire Boat is scheduled to do a water display at 2:30 p.m. just beyond the breakwater in Shilshole Bay.

“For anyone thinking about getting into boating but doesn’t know how to start or what kind of boating they’d most enjoy, this is a great way to test the waters,” says Tracy McKendry, Director of Recreational Boating at the Port of Seattle.

Current boaters can donate old sails to the ReSail Project, which keeps old sails out of landfills by providing sails for developing countries in the south Pacific and shelter for homeless people here and in Mexico. Sails will be collected at the event as well as at Dockside Solutions the week leading-up to the event.

The event is produced by Shilshole Bay Marina with support from Ballard Kayak and Paddleboard, Freedom Boat Club Seattle, Sail Northwest, Seattle Sailing Club, Shilshole Liveaboard Association, Sound Experience aboard the Schooner Adventuress, and Windworks Sailing & Power Boating.

For a complete schedule of activities visit the official Shilshole Boatfest webpage.

For more information on Shilshole Bay Marina events visit Events and Races or visit Seattle’s Best Marinas for recreational boating opportunities.

Photo credit – Port of Seattle, Don Wilson.

2 boats destroyed by fire at Shilshole

Just after midnight, firefighters responded to Shilshole Bay Marina and discovered two vessels on fire several hundred feet down the M dock. They moved neighboring boats away from the fire, searched for any occupants and contended with windy conditions.
The fire was under control by 12:30, and one boat subsequently sank. Seattle Fire says there were no injuries. (Thanks Silver for the additional info! Photo by the Seattle Fire Department.)

National Marina Day celebrations on at Shilshole Bay this weekend

Shilshole Bay Marina will host National Marina Day celebrations this Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m.

The day will celebrate boating and provides an opportunity for communities to visit their local marinas and learn about the important role marinas play as family-friendly gateways, plus the environmental stewardship activities marinas promote.

Visitors can tour the historic schooner Adventuress by Sound Experience, or take part in sailboat rides and youth sailing lessons, kids’ bouncy houses, a boaters’ swap meet, plus a festival of boating-related activities including Ballard community booths, live music, food, and beverages.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will also conduct vessel safety checks and provide boat safety information.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to find out what great things marinas do,” said Bob Ross of Sail Northwest. “Nothing beats being on a boat in Puget Sound.”

The Boater’s Swap Meet is set to kick off at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot just south of the administration building. All other events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Maritime Pacific Brewing Company beer and Domanico Cellars wine garden will open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and live music including Zeptology from 12:30 pm to 2 p.m. and Wet City Rockers from 2:30 pm. and 4 p.m.

The event will also feature the Annual Open Boat Showcase to benefit the Leukemia Cup Regatta, which includes tours of sail and power boats, charter boats, and liveaboard “open house” boats. In addition, there will be “Sail for a Cure” sailboat rides every 30 minutes in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  These specific events have a suggested donation.

Event admission and parking will be free at Shilshole Bay Marina during the celebrations.

Click here to view the complete schedule of activities.

SDOT constructs pedestrian crossing near Shilshole Bay Marina

SDOT crews have started construction to install a curb ramp, pedestrian crossing and pedestrian island at the south entrance of Shilshole Bay Marina (along Seaview Ave NW). Construction is set to take up to seven days, over a period of two weeks total.

According to SDOT, the improvements will make it safer and easier for people using wheelchairs and other wheeled devices to cross the street. Check out the before and after plans below:



Building the improvements is set to require a temporary, up to two week closure of the Burke Gilman Trail to repair the trail asphalt and provide a smooth connection to the new curb ramp. If it is necessary SDOT crews will install a temporary curb ramp at both entrances to the detour route to ensure cyclists, pedestrians and others using wheeled devices can access the detour route.

Locals should expect the following during the construction period:

  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  •  7 construction days; up to 2 weeks total
  • Short-term sidewalk detours and parking restrictions
  • Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving
  • Removal of items in the public right of way

Drivers and pedestrians should expect delays when nearby the construction area.

Experience the ‘Deadliest Catch’

The Aleutian Ballad, the ship featured in the Discovery Channel show “The Deadliest Catch” is welcoming visitors today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 107-foot former Bering Sea crabber is stopping at Shilshole Bay Marina on her way to Ketchikan. Once in Alaska the crew will start taking passengers on an educational reality tour. The ship has been remodeled for passengers’ safety and comfort. There’s even a heated amphitheater to watch as the crew works with all the gear.