Deception Pass State Park

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,  abundant wildlife, sand dunes, 174 varieties of birds, spectacular views of shoreline, mountains, islands, and sunsets make this park a favorite for visitors to the Northwest.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island may fly over the campground at any time for several hours. Navy personnel conduct training missions which are not announced ahead of time. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. State Parks cannot be responsible for this significant intrusion into your camping experience.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps
  6. Video

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
The park provides five 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.

  • 1.2 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 3 miles of bike trails
  • 6 miles of horse trails
  • 38 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
  • 450-feet of dock
  • 710-feet of dock
  • 1980-feet of moorage
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Diving
  • Five boat ramps
  • Freshwater boating
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Saltwater boating
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • Two boat ramps
  • White-water kayaking
Other Activities & Features
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Mountain biking
  • Museum
  • Sailboarding
  • Six fire circles
  • Two amphitheaters
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
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. The center is open year-round for group tours (by appointment only) and to individuals, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. mid-May through Labor Day. To schedule a group tour, call 360-675-3767.

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.

Additional Information
  • 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.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.