As its most-visited park in the state of Washington, Deception Pass State Park offers a spectacular range of views and plenty of activities to engage in to keep you and your family busy any time of year. The park features over 3,800 acres of space, with a total of over 110,000 feet of shoreline around three lakes and seafront.
There are ten islands within the park boundaries. Most are open to the public with the exception of Ben Ure, which is partially privately owned and closed for visitors, except for a cabin available for rental. With all its waterfront area, water-based recreation is a highlight at Deception Pass State Park.
There’s plenty of space for boating since the Deception Pass State Park features five saltwater launches and two freshwater launches, as well as docks at both fresh and saltwater areas. Launching a boat does require a boat launching permit, which is $7 per day.
Overnight visitors to Deception Pass State Park may stay at one of 172 tent sites, 134 partial hookup sites, and five hiker/biker sites. Additionally, Hope Island hosts six other primitive sites. All other recreation is off-limits on Hope Island, so camping there is very private.
Scuba diving at Deception Pass State Park is hazardous and recommended only for the most experienced divers. The currents can be strong and fast and may generate standing waves, whirlpools, and eddies. Observers can view the swift currents from the pedestrian walkways on the bridge or the trail below the south bridge.
Your leashed pet is welcome at Deception Pass State Park. Just be respectful and pick up pet waste. Keep dogs out of designated swimming beaches and do not allow your dog to disturb others or the wildlife. Take your dog and explore the park’s 38 miles of hiking trails.
Deception Pass State Park is open year-round. Camping is open during the winter only at Quarry Pond Campground. There is an admission fee of $10 per vehicle. Over two million people visit Deception Pass State Park each year. If you’d like to bring your dog on an outdoor adventure and enjoy all the famous beauty of the Pacific Northwest, visit Deception Pass State Park.