Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor

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. A visit to Deception Pass State Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Oak Harbor online holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We are flexible people but we also have two young kids and a dog. We had no clue that the air traffic was like this. It was terrifying for our youngest daughter and our dog. Think Blue Angels except a...  more »
  • Deception Pass State Park is as good as it possibly gets. The scenery is unmatched, the location is idyllic and what other place gives you immediate access to both the ocean and a small adorable lake?...  more »
  • Deception Pass is a stunning destination. It is breathtaking to see the views from on and around the bridge.  more »
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  • Regardless of being on the bridge or below it on the Chanel, the views are stunning! This is a western Washington bucket list experience. I highly recommend you park somewhere off the east end of the bridge and walk all or part of the bridge. Then, head to the park for some spectacular sightseeing and miles of great trails all along the beaches. Lots of parking and restrooms. Plenty of places for a picnic and grilling areas if you’re inclined.
  • Phenomenal view, reasonable price for parking, and plenty of things to explore. If you're looking for a decent hike, take the trail down to the beach from the bridge and back. I'd recommend going during the week, because I can imagine it's a lot busier on the weekend. Enjoy!
  • Don't miss it. Just don't. We parked on the south side of the bridge (you'll need a day pass as it's a state park). You can walk across the bridge to get a view from above the water, but the really spectacular views are on the way down to the beach, under the bridge. Go late afternoon/early evening.
  • I love this place, could stay here for hours! You have to pay to park right above and down by the beach, but you can park on the way to the pass and walk across the bridge to the beach for free. It's very interesting how the water turns I the bay. It's a must see!!
  • Beautiful views, cool breeze, sunny day. You must stop and experience this. Bathrooms are available. Not able to use a wheel chair or walker, narrow bridge. Some dogs were scared to cross. Overall and breathtaking sight to see. There are stairs under each end of the bridge to cross over safely.
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