Press Release

November 03, 2021

Pass Lake reopens for fishing, recreation

OLYMPIA – Nov. 3, 2021 – Pass Lake, a popular destination in Deception Pass State Park, has reopened for winter fishing and recreation.

The lake had closed in August, 2021 when high concentrations of toxic algae were discovered. Recent tests show the waters are back at levels deemed safe for recreation by Washington's Department of Health.

Toxic algae blooms typically start in late summer and are usually caused by excessive nutrients in warm, stagnant waters.

Pass Lake is currently open for fly fishing. Anglers can catch brown and rainbow trout.

News media contact:
Jason Armstrong, Area Manager, Deception Pass State Park, (360) 675-3767 ext. 226
Meryl Lassen (503) 490-8796

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Park Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.