Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park
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Deception Pass State Park is a stunning destination that spans a strait and a few islands. Come here for incredible views of Skagit Bay and the Salish Sea from the Canoe Pass Bridge. At Rosario Head, make sure to stop by the tide pools to see colorful birds and an array of marine life. If you're looking for a place to stay, camping by Bowman Bay is an excellent option. You can even enjoy a cozy bonfire at night. In the morning, go for a hike on the park's scenic trails along deep-blue lakes and amid the lush forest. – Tripadvisor
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  • 617-Ellis
    Boston, Massachusetts50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check out the bridge AND the park
    We drove in from Anacortes over the Deception Pass bridge. We were able to snag a spot on the parking in the middle of the bridge at Pass Island and then walked down a short way to see the views from under the bridge. We definitely recommend seeing the view from up on/under the bridge before heading down to the park. In the park, we only had time for a short visit to the park itself. We drove down to the parking closest to North Beach and visited there. The beach has large rocks (like river rocks) which are fun for skipping. There were artists painting, and even one giving a class. The view from the beach of the bridge above is fabulous.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Kristi
    Mission Viejo, California33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun hike with lots of trees, with beach and island views.
    Beautiful! Wear good walking shoes. There is lots of uneven ground with tree roots and loose dirt, You can always walk back by way of the beach like we did. There were lots of fisherman fishing from the beach.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Mustang X
    Dallas, North Carolina85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool place to visit
    Beautiful park. Well worth the drive from Seattle. The beach is covered with smooth stones perfect for skipping rocks. The trails were in good condition and you could see Canada in the distance.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Sandee
    Villas, New Jersey519 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite park!
    Gorgeous views from multiple points! Walk across the bridge in either direction, and you'll get a sense of how gast the current is moving its breathtaking! There are numerous points you can park and take on varied views near the ranger station and cranberry lake or along the beaches just beneath the bridge. Trails on the woods and picnic tables. Our favorite park!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Truly Beautiful and Amazing Setting
    As the fires around North Cascades had limited what we could do and see there, I looked for something interesting to see as we went up the coast and this appeared to be an interesting natural site. The pass is a very small water connection between the shallow river fed Skagit Bay and the open Straits of Juan de Fuca that separates Whidbey Island on its very northern end from the mainland. As the pass is so small between two large bodies of water, the current is unreal ripping through the channel. While there is beach you can get to, the area is enhanced by the cliffs that surround the pass which make an easy path for beautiful connecting bridges. All of this is an incredible setting even it the clouds and mist to bring hundreds of people to visit. We parked on the Skagit County side and walked the first bridge to the island in the middle. From there we walked both sides of the small island for views of the pass and the bridge. It is an absolute, incredibly beautiful setting. As I did not really get to the San Juans or spend much time on the islands, I am glad I came to see this.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • John C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maiden of Deception Pss
    The Maiden of Deception Pass is as much a landmark as carved wood can be and is located at the top of the gangway leading from the float at Sharpe Cove. Beyond is Rosario Beach famous for tide pooling and driftwood. sailingthesanjuans
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • DCockayne
    Salt Lake City, Utah132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss Deception Pass when you're in the Pacific Northwest.
    Deception Pass is an amazing place to visit. You can visit the beach or a short hike will take you up to the bridge where you can walk across the entire span. Traffic is often heavy around here, so keep a good handle on pets or kids. Also, if you're uncomfortable with heights, you may want to skip the bridge. The tide currents through the pass have to be seen to be believed, so hang out for a while and watch Mother Nature do her thing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Sandee
    Villas, New Jersey519 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon with grandchildren
    Beautiful day in the high 50's spent with grandchildren at Cranberry lake reaction area and dock! Built a fire in the outdoor covered stove and roasted marshmallows, which makes for great memories! We were warned by Ranger to NOT use any of the twigs or sticks lying on the ground as that is lawful, and you must bring in your own wood for fire. Such a beautiful park and setting overlooking Cranberry Lake!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 February 2024
  • minnboulder
    Jakarta, Indonesia296 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvelous place to spend your day!
    Just wonderful! My family (adult kids) visited in March. It was a crisp sunny day. I think it was the first sunny weekend after cold and dreary weeks. Even then, we didn't bump on a lot of people. We only queued a bit for the ferry going home the next day. So, there were nice views. There are some trails, long and short, that you can walk on. Of course, you can walk the bridge. Only a short drive from Seattle. And there were some quaint small towns around Whidbey Island that you can grab lunch. Very much recommend!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 April 2024
  • GFEric
    Utah82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views for an easy walk
    If you have only an hour or two to visit the park, consider walking the Lighthouse Loop trail. It’s not strenuous but provides beautiful views of water and the bridge along with all the green, green, green alongside the trail. Be aware that there is a modest charge for parking at the trailhead.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 May 2024
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GFEric
Utah82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
If you have only an hour or two to visit the park, consider walking the Lighthouse Loop trail. It’s not strenuous but provides beautiful views of water and the bridge along with all the green, green, green alongside the trail.

Be aware that there is a modest charge for parking at the trailhead.
Written 18 May 2024
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minnboulder
Jakarta, Indonesia296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Just wonderful! My family (adult kids) visited in March. It was a crisp sunny day. I think it was the first sunny weekend after cold and dreary weeks. Even then, we didn't bump on a lot of people. We only queued a bit for the ferry going home the next day. So, there were nice views. There are some trails, long and short, that you can walk on. Of course, you can walk the bridge. Only a short drive from Seattle. And there were some quaint small towns around Whidbey Island that you can grab lunch. Very much recommend!
Written 24 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Erlinda C
Long Beach, CA115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Beautiful scenery and must stop and see when in Whidbey Island. Also nice hikes and close up views of the currents under the bridge.
Written 16 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sandee
Villas, NJ519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful day in the high 50's spent with grandchildren at Cranberry lake reaction area and dock! Built a fire in the outdoor covered stove and roasted marshmallows, which makes for great memories! We were warned by Ranger to NOT use any of the twigs or sticks lying on the ground as that is lawful, and you must bring in your own wood for fire. Such a beautiful park and setting overlooking Cranberry Lake!
Written 2 February 2024
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Cr1717
Banning, CA408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I enjoyed watching the seals from high up above. The view is great!
We also enjoyed hiking near cranberry lake. So beautiful and such thick, wooded forest.
Written 5 October 2023
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DCockayne
Salt Lake City, UT132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Deception Pass is an amazing place to visit. You can visit the beach or a short hike will take you up to the bridge where you can walk across the entire span. Traffic is often heavy around here, so keep a good handle on pets or kids. Also, if you're uncomfortable with heights, you may want to skip the bridge. The tide currents through the pass have to be seen to be believed, so hang out for a while and watch Mother Nature do her thing.
Written 28 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
The Maiden of Deception Pass is as much a landmark as carved wood can be and is located at the top of the gangway leading from the float at Sharpe Cove. Beyond is Rosario Beach famous for tide pooling and driftwood.
sailingthesanjuans
Written 24 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
As the fires around North Cascades had limited what we could do and see there, I looked for something interesting to see as we went up the coast and this appeared to be an interesting natural site. The pass is a very small water connection between the shallow river fed Skagit Bay and the open Straits of Juan de Fuca that separates Whidbey Island on its very northern end from the mainland. As the pass is so small between two large bodies of water, the current is unreal ripping through the channel.

While there is beach you can get to, the area is enhanced by the cliffs that surround the pass which make an easy path for beautiful connecting bridges. All of this is an incredible setting even it the clouds and mist to bring hundreds of people to visit.

We parked on the Skagit County side and walked the first bridge to the island in the middle. From there we walked both sides of the small island for views of the pass and the bridge. It is an absolute, incredibly beautiful setting. As I did not really get to the San Juans or spend much time on the islands, I am glad I came to see this.
Written 23 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sandee
Villas, NJ519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Gorgeous views from multiple points! Walk across the bridge in either direction, and you'll get a sense of how gast the current is moving its breathtaking! There are numerous points you can park and take on varied views near the ranger station and cranberry lake or along the beaches just beneath the bridge. Trails on the woods and picnic tables. Our favorite park!
Written 11 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mustang X
Dallas, NC85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful park. Well worth the drive from Seattle. The beach is covered with smooth stones perfect for skipping rocks. The trails were in good condition and you could see Canada in the distance.
Written 17 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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