With over 300 rustic and RV camp sites, a retreat center, private cabins, and group camp sites, Deception Pass Park offers a unique outdoor experience for everyone.
Deception Pass has three campgrounds to choose from and three primitive boater-only campgrounds. Camping is very popular, especially in the summer and reservations are a must. We recommend making your reservation several months in advance. Call 1-888-CAMP OUT for reservations at any of the campsites or cabins below, or visit the Washington State Park’s reservation site online. For nightly fee details, please click here.
Hookup sites offer electricity and water along with a table and campfire stove. Standard sites offer a table and stove, with water nearby. The size of the tent pads and parking spaces vary from site to site; details are available at the Washington State Park’s reservation site, above.
Note that Quarry Pond is the only campground open all year around.
A few things to remember:
- A trailer dump is located at the top of the hill in the Cranberry campground area. Registered campers do not need to pay for use of the trailer dump.
- Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. and check-out time is 1:00 p.m.
- Maximum of eight campers per site
- Maximum of one recreational vehicle per site. Extra vehicles are allowed at $10 per night if space permits.
- Pets are allowed, on leashes
- Campsites may not be held for someone arriving later
- Campers may stay up to 10 days between April 1 and October 1; up to 20 days between October 31 and April 1.
- Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Engine driven electric generators may be operated between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Cranberry Campground is hidden in the old growth forest between North Beach, West Beach, and Cranberry Lake on Whidbey Island. It is the largest campground at Deception Pass. With 234 campsites, the main campground is divided into the Forest Loop and the Lower Loops. The 78 sites in Forest Loop are primarily hookup sites, with some standard sites. The remainder of the campsites are in the Lower Loops, which are primarily standard sites with some hookup sites.
While most of these sites have limited views, they are close to the beaches and recreational opportunities at this end of the park. Five of the six restrooms have showers. Three of the campsites are walk-in sites, meaning that the parking for the sites is a few dozen feet away. Five of the sites are only for campers who arrive at the park on bicycles or on foot. There are also a handful of handicapped sites available among all of the campsites.
Sites 231-235 are reserved for campers that come on foot or by bike. These sites are first come, first serve.
Bowman Bay Campground is a more intimate campground, with only 19 sites, all located fairly close to the beach. There is only one hookup site. The others are standard sites. There are showers in the campground restroom.
Quarry Pond Campground hosts 60 sites: 53 hookup and seven standard sites. Five of these sites offer primitive cabins. The restroom has shower facilities. There is a kitchen shelter and a gazebo in the middle of the campground. Quarry Pond, one acre in size, has a pleasant rock-rimmed pond near the campground. Goose Rock rises to the north of the campground.
Boater-Only Campgrounds host 11 sites. The Hope Island Campground has six sites and the Skagit Island Campground has five sites. All boater-only sites are first come, first serve.
The Ben Ure Cabin
A rustic but comfortable two-person cabin is available for rent on Ben Ure Island. Situated on the eastern tip of the island, the cabin has excellent views of Simik Bay and even Mount Baker on clear days. The cabin has a stove, refrigerator, cooking utensils, running water and an outdoor shower.
Bring your own drinking and cooking water, food and bedding. Access to the island is by kayak or canoe only. There is a maximum of two people and no pets are allowed. Ben Ure Island is small and is also home to several private residences, therefore there is not a lot of room for land-based exploration on the island. However, if you are seeking a peaceful place to relax and unwind, the Ben Ure Cabin is a worthwhile escape.
The Cornet Bay Retreat Center
The Cornet Bay Retreat Center sits on the shores of Cornet Bay with a spectacular view of Mount Baker. A popular place for both small and large groups alike, guests enjoy the beautiful surroundings of old growth trees, abundant wildlife, an historic camp fire ring, playing fields, and a variety of outdoor activities. This camp can accommodate up to 200 persons overnight. Cornet Bay has two cabins available for rent as well.