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The Islands Region
Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park On Deception Pass © Mark Flynn
Cross the bidge going west and turn right at Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park Deception Pass © Mark Flynn
Deception Pass bridge spanning the tidal race. taken from a beach in Deception Pass State Park.
Deception Pass State Park Deception Pass Bridge © Darlene Lundstrum
Deception Pass State Park © Brenda Hartman
Deception Pass State Park Strawberry Lake/Deception Pass State Park © Darlene Lundstrum
Deception Pass State Park © John Hartman
Deception Pass State Park © John Hartman
This was taken from Rosario Resort at Deception Pass
Deception Pass State Park © John Hartman
Deception Pass State Park © Brenda Hartman
Deception Pass State Park © Brenda Hartman
Deception Pass State Park © Brenda Hartman
Deception Pass State Park © Brenda Hartman
Deception Pass State Park © Brenda Hartman
Deception Pass State Park Sunset © Darlene Lundstrum
Deception Pass State Park Relaxing on the beach © Darlene Lundstrum
41020 State Route 20
Oak Harbor, Washington   98277
Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. Rugged cliffs drop to meet the turbulent waters of Deception Pass. The park is outstanding for breath-taking views, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Foxes? Muskrats? Otters? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels ? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Turkeys? Woodpeckers? Wrens ? Clams? Crabs? Oysters? Scallops? Sea Birds? Sea Cucumbers? Seals? Shellfish? Shrimp? Squid? Starfish? Whales? Bass? Bluegill? Bullhead? Catfish? Cod? Crappie? Perch? Red Snapper? Salmon? Shark? Steelhead? Trout

Environmental FeaturesPhysical Features Plant Life ? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Yew? Alder? Apple? Cherry? Maple? Daisy? Lupines? Paintbrush? Rhododendron? Rose? Berries? Eel Grass? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Seaweed? Thistle

History of the Area
The human history of the park dates back thousands of years, when the first people settled in the areas now known as Cornet Bay, Bowman Bay and Rosario. Eventually, the land was settled by the Samish and the Swinomish. They lived on the land until the early 1900s.

During his Northwest coastal explorations, Captain George Vancouver became the first European to identify the area near Whidbey Island as a passage, which he named "Deception Pass." A 1925 act of Congress designated the property for public recreation purposes. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built roads, trails, buildings and bridges to develop the park.

The name "Deception Pass" derived from Captain Vancouver's realization that what he had mistaken for a peninsula was actually an island. He named that island "Whidbey" in honor of his assistant, Joseph Whidbey, who was at his side when Vancouver realized the mistake. The captain named the inlet at which he was anchored "Deception Pass" to commemorate the error.
Park Store
Services/Supplies Available in the park Available in the area? Boat rentals? Camping? Commissary? Park store? Pay phone? Fire wood ? Auto repair? Airport? Boat rental? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Horse rental? Hospital? Marine supplies? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood? Swimming

There is also a laundromat nearby, one block outside the main entrance. Firewood is by purchase only.
The park has 167 tent sites, 143 utility spaces, five hiker/biker sites, two dump stations, seven restrooms (four ADA) and six showers (four ADA).

Camping is at three locations in the park; 18 tent sites and two utility sites are at Bowman Bay, two tent sites and 58 utility sites at Sunrise Resort and 147 tent sites and 83 utility sites are at Cranberry Lake. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability).

To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations:There are three group camps, all primitive in nature.

Group camp 1 accommodates up to 50 people. It has fire circle, picnic shelter, vault toilet and five tent pads. It provides two adirondack (three-sided) sleeping shelters that combined sleep 16 people.

Group camp 2 accommodates 25 people. It has fire circle, picnic shelter, five picnic tables, and vault toilet. It provides one adirondack shelter that sleeps eight.

Group camp 3 has the same facilities and capacities as group camp 2 with the exception of the picnic shelter.

Fees vary with size of the group. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
The Cornet Bay launch is open in winter.

The park provides five saltwater and three freshwater boat ramps, plus 710 feet of saltwater dock and 450 feet of freshwater dock. All motors are prohibited on Pass Lake, and only electric motors are allowed on Cranberry Lake.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit may be purchased at the park.

Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

The park also offers 1,980 feet of saltwater moorage. A boat pumpout facility is located at Cornet Bay.

Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844.

Deception Pass State Park is located near Anacortes, Burlington and Camano Island

The park provides four kitchen shelters with electricity and six without, all of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Fifty sheltered and 261 unsheltered picnic tables are also provided. Picnic tables are first-come, first-served, but kitchen shelters are reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Nature Programs
A historical interpretive center is located in the park at Bowman Bay. The interpretive center building was originally constructed as a bathhouse, and was renovated by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) alumni volunteers in 1987 to commemorate the legacy of the CCC in Washington State Parks. It's open year-round for group tours (by appointment only) and to individuals from mid-May through Labor Day. Contact the park at (360) 675-2417 for the center's hours.

An observation deck overlooks the Cranberry Lake wetlands on the west-beach sand-dunes interpretive trail. Signage explains local vegetation and ecosystems.

The Maiden of Deception Pass story pole is located on Rosario Beach in the north section of the park. It depicts a story of the Samish Indian Nation.

The park contains one monument, located at the south bridge parking lot. It describes the discovery and naming of Deception Pass and Whidbey Island.

Lectures and slide shows occur frequently on weekend evenings in the park's outdoor amphitheater. A schedule of planned events is posted at the ranger contact station.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other? 1.2 mi. ADA Hiking Trails? 38 mi. Hiking Trails? 3 mi. Bike Trails? 6 mi. Horse Trails ? Boating (freshwater)? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 3 boat ramps (freshwater)? 450 feet of dock (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? White-water Kayaking? Boating (saltwater)? 5 boat ramps (saltwater)? 710 feet of dock (saltwater)? 1980 feet of moorage (saltwater)? Diving? Fishing (saltwater)? Clamming? Crabbing? 2 Amphitheaters? Beachcombing? Bird Watching? 6 Fire Circles? 1 Horseshoe pit? Interpretive Activities? Mountain Biking? Museum? Sailboarding? Wildlife Viewing

A playground is available in the park.

To prevent serious accidents, hikers are encouraged to stay on main trails and avoid straying to the sides. Mountain biking is prohibited except in marked areas. Fires and swimming are permitted in designated areas only.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 19 Beautiful park, but obnoxious generators by Fred J
Very nice and private camping spots. But we had a neighbor who ran his noisy generator the whole day starting a 8:00 AM. This completely ruined our wilderness experience. Could I recommend two things: 1. The rangers should run a noise test on generators before they come into the campground. Note that portable noise testers starts at $130.00... Forbid entry to anyone not meeting National Park Service (NPS) noise levels. These levels are 60 db at 50 feet( per 36CFR2.12) 2. Have a separate camping area for people who insist using generators. It works very well at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah! So there are precedents! It can be done. I hope that something is done before very ugly confrontations arise...
April 21 Our go to park by Morgan
My husband and I absolutely LOVE the park. Great camping, fabulous trails, and breathtaking views!! We take our three children and they have a blast every time! As for the air traffic... GO NAVY!!! There only doing there job = )
October 28 absolutely gorgeous by parker
Stunning views from all over the park. It is even beautiful if cloudy. Highly recommended.
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Located nine miles north of Oak Harbor, Wash. and nine miles south of Anacortes, on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.

From Seattle : Drive north on I-5 to exit 230, then travel 18 miles west on SR 20 toward Oak Harbor. Park entrance is on right, one mile south of Deception Pass Bridge.

From the Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry : Drive north on Hwy. 525, which changes to Hwy. 20. Drive 50 miles to park entrance on left.


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