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.

Activities
Trails
  • 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
  • Interpretive center
  • Sailboarding
  • Six fire circles
  • Two amphitheaters
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
The Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Center is located in the Bowman Bay area of the park. The center was originally a bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. In 1987, the building was renovated into a museum by CCC alumni and Washington State Parks staff. The center's exhibits tell the incredible story of the CCC's work across the State of Washington during the Great Depression.

The center is free-of-charge and is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. mid-May through Labor Day. Group tours and off-season visits can be arranged by calling 360-675-3767.

The Sand Dunes Interpretive Trail at West Beach includes an observation deck and signage that explains local vegetation and ecosystems. 

The Maiden of Deception Pass story pole is located in the Rosario Beach area of the park. The carving depicts the story of Ko-Kwal-alwoot, a culturally important legend of the Samish Indian Nation.

Junior Ranger and other educational programs are offered mid-May through Labor Day at the park's 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.