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Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Deception Pass State Park features beaches, lakes, tide pools, and the swift waters of the pass separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. The park offers 61 km (38 mi) of hiking trails, including a stretch of the Pacific Northwest Trail. Along the way, pause at lookout points over the bays, straits, and islands. You'll also find horse and bike paths. If you like to fish, head to Bass Lake, or visit Cornet Bay, where boating is popular. Enjoy a meal in one of the picnic areas or a shelter that you can reserve in advance. The park features three campgrounds with restrooms. Check online for site availability. Put Deception Pass State Park into our Oak Harbor vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Oak Harbor.
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This is not your normal scenic vista if you park along the top! You will need to hike down to the beach below to get the full bridge view and then back up to your car. With gorgeous views and a windy ... read more »
If you love beautiful locations mixed in with man-made structures, then you can't do any better than this. If you are a camera buff then you can't do any better than this. If you enjoy boating or hiki... read more »
Stayed at Deception Pass State Park late September of this year. The park is beautiful and very close to the Deception Pass bridge. Spaces were nice and large and very private and quiet. It is worth m... read more »
Don't get me wrong, Deception Pass is fantastic. The camp sites, beach, trails- SPECTACULAR! But we camped there from Sunday until Thursday and the fighter jets ran from about 5 until 12am continuously every day. That's along with the sporadic 11am-5pm training and that noise is no joke. You can't hear the person right in front of you and when they pass directly over your site everything starts shaking. We expected some noise occasionally but this was unreal. No way I could ever risk camping there again, but I will still day trip it.
This camping area is definitely a hidden gem. The hiking is excellant and the beaches are good. Cranberry lake is a really good extra to the park that allows for swimming and kayaking. This is also a great place to go kayaking on the ocean. The sea life and tide pools are really interesting. We saw some egg yoke and red lion's main jelly fish while hiking one of the buff trails. If you are a bird watcher, there is also a puffin colony to see.
Stunning views the bridge is open to traffic though and not all are slow moving. The rail next to the bridge path is not high be warned.i am 6ft and at times found it a little low for comfort. This is especially the case when a truck whizzes past. On a fine day however the views are fantastic
One of the best parks to visit (as evident by the tons of cars that stop to catch views from Deception Pass bridge), this place is worth the yearly $30 parks pass. The views are fantastic, you have beaches and wonderful picnic spots, Deception Pass Park is really the only reason I buy a parks pass year after year. The only downside is I've found it almost impossible to camp here on the weekend unless you book far in advance which I'm just too much of a poor planner to do. If you're going to be in northern Washington, it's worth the 30 minute detour off of the 5 freeway to visit this place!
Breath taking views here. We were just here for a short time and did not get to see much of the park. The bathrooms we used left some major desire for a good cleaning. The jets over head were a little distracting but that's the price of freedom. I would recommend stopping here if you love the outdoors.
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