Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park that extends across Deception Pass to include the shorelines on Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands. The park provides extensive saltwater shoreline, 3 freshwater lakes, and breathtaking views of the turbulent waters of Deception Pass with old-growth forests and abundant wildlife.
Total park amenities – include 1.2 miles of ADA trails, 38 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of horse trails, fresh and saltwater boat ramps and docks, freshwater swimming beaches, kayaking, scuba diving, sailboarding, a Public Works Administration (WPA) museum, and environmental learning center.
The park provides 167 tent sites, 143 utility spaces, and 5 hiker/biker sites with 2 dump stations, 7 restrooms (4 ADA), and 6 shower houses (4 ADA) within a spectacular shoreline setting on a year-round basis. Campsites are located at 3 locations within the park – Bowman Bay with 18 tent sites and 2 utility sites, Sunrise Resort with 2 tent and 58 utility sites, and Cranberry Lake with 147 tent and 83 utility sites. Maximum RV site length is 60 feet.
Primitive group camps with fire circles, picnic shelters, and vault toilets are also available including camp 1 – for up to 64 people with 5 tent pads and 2 adirondack sleeping shelters; camp 2 – for up to 32 people with 1 adirondack shelter, and camp 3 – for up to 32 people.
The park provides 50 sheltered and 261 unsheltered picnic tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park also provides reservations for 4 kitchen shelters with electricity and 6 without which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.
The beach portion of the park on Whidbey Island – is located on the west shoreline of the island on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The beach site provides a swimming and walking beach on the Strait and adjacent Cranberry Lake, and picnic facilities including a tables, shelters, a pavilion, and showers/restrooms.
A boat launch ramp provides access to Cranberry Lake that is stocked by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife with trout and jumbo rainbow trout that may be fished from the shoreline or by boat.
An adjacent day use area overlooks Deception Pass and has a number of kayak and canoe put-in opportunities. The sites provide direct kayak access to the islands located at the mouth of Deception Pass including Deception Island and Spy’s Island. These islands are composed of rocky outcrops and steep bluffs that are relatively inaccessible by land or water.
Cornet Bay – is the marina component of the park located on the south shore of Coronet Bay on Cornet Bay Road. The marina provides a 7-lane boat launch, 64 slip boat dock and moorage, swimming beach, picnic area, shower, restroom facilities, and parking areas.
Cod, flounder, sole, and pile perch may be fished from the docks located on Cornet Bay Marina.
The marina provides direct kayak access to the currents that pass under Deception Pass and the islands located within access of the bay including Pass Island, Strawberry Island, Ben Ure Island, and Hope Island. The islands are composed of rocky outcrops and steep bluffs. Some of the island beaches can be accessed by water craft during favorable tide conditions.
Hoypus Hill – is located on the east shoreline of the island on Skagit Bay at the end of Coronet Bay Road at Hoypus Point. The Hoypus Point addition to the park provides access to a gravel beach and public tidelands that extend west to Coronet Bay and south to Mariners Cove.
Most of Hoypus Point is a Natural Forest Area (NFA) and Natural Area Preserve (NAP) designated to be preserved and interpreted for natural forest processes. The area can be accessed, however, by an extensive system of walking and hiking trails.
The end of Coronet Bay Road has been improved to provide a vehicle parking area at the road end – which was the original site of the ferry across Deception Pass before the bridge was built.