Around The Park

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, … Continue reading

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.  At 484 feet, Goose Rock has unrivaled views of Deception Pass and the surrounding islands.  On … Continue reading

The Bridge

It’s hard to imagine Deception Pass without the bridge.  But until 1935, the gap between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island could only be crossed by boat. From 1924 until the completion of the bridge, a small ferry called the Deception … Continue reading

Cranberry Lake

On a geological timescale, Cranberry Lake is a relatively recent addition to Deception Pass.  Around 15,000 years ago, during the Fraser Glaciation, the Puget Sound region was covered by a lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet.  In some places, the … Continue reading

West Beach

Perhaps the most popular location at Deception Pass aside from Bridge, West Beach is a long, gravelly shoreline with excellent views of the Olympic Mountains, the San Juan Islands, and even Victoria on a clear day.  In the dog days … Continue reading

Rosario Beach and Tide Pools

Nature and history come together at Rosario Beach. In this small cove on the southwestern corner of Fidalgo Island you’ll find sandy beaches, centuries old trees that provide perches for bald eagles, and a meadowy bluff that comes to life … Continue reading

Pass Lake

One of two freshwater lakes in the park, Pass Lake is a popular spot for fishing.  The lake features German brown and rainbow trout.  Pass Lake is fly-fishing only and motorized boats are not allowed. The Pass Lake Loop Trail … Continue reading

North Beach

This mile-long gravelly shoreline offers excellent views of the Deception Pass Bridge and shelter from ocean winds. There are three Civilian Conservation Corps-built picnic shelters at the eastern end of the Beach near the North Beach parking lot in addition … 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.  Among the attractions is a portion of Cornet Bay Road that is now … Continue reading

Cornet Bay

Cornet Bay is the main saltwater access point for boaters at Deception Pass.  With 6 lanes of launching space, floats alongside, moorage docks for overnight use, and parking space for over 100 vehicles, Cornet Bay is a starting point for … Continue reading

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