|• 1.2 mi. ADA Hiking Trails|
• 38 mi. Hiking Trails
• 3 mi. Bike Trails
• 6 mi. Horse Trails
|• Boating (freshwater)|
• 2 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)
• Fishing (saltwater)
|• 2 Amphitheaters|
• Beach Exploration
• Bird Watching
• 6 Fire Circles
• 1 Horseshoe pit
• Interpretive Activities
• Mountain Biking
• 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.
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 & Wildlife website.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on ten designated free days in 2013.
The 2013 State Parks free days are as follows:
Jan. 21 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 30 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 100th birthday on March 19
April 27 and 28 – National Parks Week
June 1 – National Trails Day
June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day and Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing weekend
Aug. 4 – Peak season free day
Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
Nov. 9 through 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
|Date/time||Event description||State Park|
9 - 11 a.m.
|Kukutali Tours: Take a free tour along the Kukutali Preserve. Two-hour tours are available every Saturday morning. Reservations are required. Space is limited to 12 participants at a time. For more information or to make a reservation, call the caretaker at (360) 661-0682.
||Deception Pass, Kukutali Preserve|
Most low tides
Memorial Day to Labor Day
|Rosario Beach Naturalist Programs: Discover sea life in the tidepools of Rosario Beach at Deception Pass State Park. Volunteer beach naturalists will be available during low tides to educate visitors on the life found in tidepools. Programs will be presented as volunteers are available. Group visits and field trips may be scheduled in advance. Call (360) 675-3767 or email Sam.Wotipka@parks.wa.gov to schedule a program. Presented in partnership with the Washington State University Island County Extension.
||Deception Pass, Rosario Beach|
||The Human Race: Morgan Sabine's senior project may be your next outdoor adventure. Sign up the Human Race half-marathon through Deception Pass State Park. Options for 10K and 5K runners also are available. Registration and fee required for participation. For more information or to register, visit http://thehumanrace2013.blogspot.com.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
|Painting in the Parks – Deception Pass: Celebrate the centennial of Washington State Parks by painting in the parks. Take a journey through a state park and find artistic inspiration. Then spend the day creating a work in Washington’s great outdoors. Artists may check-in with an event facilitator when they arrive. A full schedule of Painting in the Parks days is available at www.pleinairwashington.com. Presented by the Plein Air Washington Artists. Another Painting in the Parks event is set for nearby Bay View State Park on June 2.
Please note: June 1 is a State Parks free day. The Discover Pass is not required for vehicle access to Washington state parks during free days.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
|National Trails Day Clean-up - Kukutali Preserve: Join the Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintaining Organization (SWITMO) in celebrating National Trails Day at Kukutali Preserve on Kikit Island. Restore an old trail on the north side of Kikit Island, on land jointly managed by State Parks and the Swinomish Tribe. RSVP and special carpool arrangmenets are required. No parking is available at the preserve. To RSVP, contact (360) 424-1475 or email@example.com. Presented by SWITMO. National Trails Day is sponsored by the American Hiking Society. RSVP not required. For more information, visit www.americanhiking.org/events.
Please note: June 1 is a State Parks free day in honor of National Trails Day. A Discover Pass is not required for vehicle access to state parks on free days.
|Deception Pass, Kukutali Preserve|
||Salish Sea Native American Heritage Day: The eight annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration with the Samish and Swinomish tribes returns to Deception Pass State Park. Take a canoe ride, listen to Native American storytellers, watch traditional music performances and see weaving, cedar work and woodcarving demonstrations from Coast Salish artists. A salmon and frybread lunch is available for purchase. Proceeds from food sales support the Samish and Swinomish canoe families' participation in the annual intertraial canoe journey. A Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks event.
Please note: June 8 is a State Parks free day. The Discover Pass is not required to access Washington state parks on free days.
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|Deception Pass, Bowman Bay picnic area|
||Deception Pass Challenge: Bike, swim and run through Deception Pass State Park during the second annual triathlon fitness challenge. The race course will transverse the west beach, Hoypus Point and Goose Rock. Sponsored by the Deception Pass Park Foundation. For more information, visit www.deceptionpassfoundation.org.
July 17, 20, 27
|American Roots Concert Series: Discover the roots of American music during the annual concert series at Deception Pass State Park. Concerts are every Saturday, beginning July 17 and running through Aug. 3 in the West Beach amphitheater. Concert performances are scheduled as follows:
July 13: Ryan McKasson and Dave Bartley, traditional Scottish music on fiddle and guitar
July 20: La Famille Léger, Acadien and Québécois house music from eastern Canada
July 27: Canote Brothers, traditional Anglo-American old-time fiddle tunes and country and swing songs
Aug. 3: A Moment in Time, Seattle African-American a capella gospel quartet
A Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program event.
|Deception Pass, West Beach amphitheater|
|American Roots Concert Series – Final Concert: Discover the roots of American music during the annual concert series at Deception Pass State Park. Aug. 3 is the final concert in the series featuring Seattle African-American a capella gospel quartet, A Moment in Time. A Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program event.
||Deception Pass, West Beach amphitheater|
|Centennial 2013 Signature Event - Deception Pass: Officially commemorate the State Parks Centennial 2013 with family fun at Riverside State Park in Spokane.
The all day festival is the second of two signature celebrations marking the 100 years of State Parks and the beginning of a second century of memories. Event activities include live music performances, games for kids, local displays, demonstrations, a Volksmarch hike, a sailing regatta, an old-fashioned quilting bee, history display and more. Guest speakers will be talking about the value of the state park system in today’s world at 1 p.m. at the east end of Cranberry Lake, near the main park entrance. Food is available for purchase during the event. Presented in partnership with the Deception Pass Park Foundation
||Deception Pass 50K/25K: See dramatic standing waves and whirlpools in Deception Pass, mountain views, sea bluffs and dense old-growth while racing through Deception Pass State Park. The annual 25K and 50K trail run by Rainshadow Running snakes through single track trails on both the north and south sides of the Deception Pass Bridge. Registration and fee required for participation. For more information, visit www.rainshadow-running.blogspot.com.
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The Cornet Bay launch is open in winter.
The park provides five saltwater and two 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 for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 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.
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
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 visiting online
or calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.