The Rosario Beach Tide Pools are one of the most popular places for groups and classes to visit in the park. During the spring and summer, thousands of people flock to this small and fragile ecosystem, making it challenging to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. The tide pools are beloved, but have not always been taken care of. They are still recovering from past abuse. For this reason, a reservation is required for groups of 10 people or more visiting the tide pools. Due to excessive trampling in the past, we have installed a rope trail system at the tide pools. It is important that all visitors stay on the trail.
The Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Center is located at Bowman Bay. It was created by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to honor and document the achievements of the Corps in Washington. Housed in a converted CCC built bath house, the Center features information about the Corps, historic artifacts, and a video display. The center is open daily April through September and can also be opened upon request for research and groups by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 675-3767 ext. 31.
Download the CCC Scavenger Hunt activity and complete it during your visit to Bowman Bay!
Fishing at the Park
Fishing in the Pass and nearby areas is very popular at certain times of the year. …continue reading
Boating at the Park
As one of the best boat launch areas to explore northern Puget Sound, Deception Pass Park also has two easily accessible fresh water lakes and scenic and sometimes challenging kayaking. ….continue reading
There are close to 40 miles of great trails at Deception Pass State Park, which will take you to world-class vistas, old growth forests, and along the Salish Sea. Some are fairly flat and some will make your heart pound as you climb steep hillsides. To prevent serious accidents, hikers are encouraged to stay on main trails and avoid straying to the sides.
The John Tursi Trail: Discover the natural history of South Fidalgo Island on this beautiful forested trail. The trail traverses past meadows and rocky balds, a red rock quarry, a miner’s shack, the “rock” of artist Morris Graves’ lore, and views of Pass Lake. Click here to download the trail guide: Tursi Trail Guide
The Sand Dunes Trail: One of the few trails in the Washington State Park trail system to accommodate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) leads park visitors through a natural sand dune area. Look for the interpretive signs just south of the West Beach Center.
The Sand Dune Interpretive Trail features a variety of habitats ranging from dunes to marsh land and an 800+ year old Douglas-fir tree. Also available is a Sand Dune Discovery Trail Scavenger Hunt.
Goose Rock: A short, steep hike (.7 miles) from the South Bridge parking lot will take you to Goose Rock, the highest point on Whidbey Island. …continue reading
Bowman Bay: The trails in this area are among the most scenic in the entire park. …continue reading
Hoypus Forest: Hoypus Forest is split into two main areas. To the north is Hoypus Point Natural Forest Area, one of the largest remaining old growth forests in Washington. …continue reading
Driftwood, animal tracks, rocks, sand, and sea life…sounds like great fun all year round!
West Beach: Perhaps the most popular location at Deception Pass Park, aside from Bridge. …continue reading.
North Beach: This mile-long gravelly shoreline offers excellent views of the Deception Pass Bridge and shelter from ocean winds. …continue reading
Bowman Bay: This sand and rock beach is at the north end of this tranquil bay on the southern tip of Fidalgo Island.
Everywhere you look, are places to have a picnic. Places with picnic tables include Cranberry Lake, Cornet Bay, West and North Beaches on the Whidbey side, and Bowman Bay, Rosario, and Pass Lake on the Fidalgo side.
If you take a blanket and are ready for an old fashioned picnic, try Lighthouse Point or Rosario Beach for perfect spots with incredible views. Please note that fires are permitted in designated areas only.
The water is cold in the Puget Sound but that doesn’t stop many from taking a brief dip on a hot summer’s day. The best place is West Beach for a salt water experience and if you prefer freshwater swimming, Cranberry Lake lies less than 200 feet to the east. Cranberry Lake hosts a sandy beach with an enclosed swimming area on the west side of the lake and water temperatures are typically between 55 and 60 degrees (about 13 and 15 degrees C).
Picnic tables and ample driftwood provide excellent spots to eat and relax at our swimming areas.