With diverse ecosystems, a vibrant history, and an iconic bridge, Deception Pass State Park is an ideal place to explore, recreate, relax and learn. Beaches, sand dunes and tide pools flank old growth forests, freshwater lakes, and rocky balds. Deception Pass still bears the impression of the native peoples that once called this area home, and many of the park’s structures were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Yet despite everything that the park has to offer and a visitation rate that puts it on par with many National Parks, Deception Pass is subject to increasingly uncertain state funding, which seems to come and go like the tides.
That’s where we come in. The Deception Pass Park Foundation was formed in 2005 by a group of park neighbors. Our mission is to provide support for education and resource protection at Deception Pass. With the help of our members and community supporters, we’ve already accomplished a lot. But there’s always more to do. So join us, and help us preserve Deception Pass and ensure that park visitors will continue to enjoy its natural and historic wonders.
A New Trail to be Hiked
Discover the natural history of South Fidalgo Island on this beautiful forested trail that connects Deception Pass State Park to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. This trail provides an important connection for both local hikers and long-distance travelers on the Pacific Northwest Trail. The Tursi Trail was built in winter and spring of 2016 with the help of many volunteers and traverses past meadows and rocky balds, a red rock quarry, a miner’s shack, the “rock” of artist Morris Graves’ lore, and view of Pass Lake, Campbell Lake and Mount Erie.