Things to Do in Deception Pass State Park

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Deception Pass State Park is a very beautiful park and located in Oak Harbor, Washington.

Deception Pass State Park covers parks, lakes, and campgrounds.

A most popular activity to do here includes camping, fishing, birding, kayaking, hiking, and bicycling.

Do you like to camp on lakeside campgrounds? If you do will really enjoy your time camping in Cranberry Lake Campground, Deception Pass State Park.

Well-behaved animals are welcome in this park!



Deception Pass State Park is one of Washington's beautiful parks located in the northwestern state of Washington, United States. Maiden of Deception Pass is popular for a family destination with plenty of outdoor activities. There are 5 to 6 picnic tables here to rest and eat. A nice area to hang out by the water, and have a picnic at a picnic table. The views are stunning. You can hike over the hill south to Bowman Bay.

Maiden of Deception Pass

Providing beautiful space, beach, sunset view, picnic area and history.

Address : Fidalgo Island, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA


Plan your trip to Deception Pass State Park starting from early morning. Rosario Head Trailhead is the first place that you should visit. This place is a very scenic location with lots of areas for picnicking and hiking. Such a lovely hike along Bowman Bay tons stunning overlook in Deception Pass State Park. Jaw-dropping views and if you are lucky, you may see some amazing wildlife. Bald eagles, seals, and maybe even an Orka!. Then, you can continue your journey by visiting North Beach, Deception Pass State Park. Great place to see Whales and a great sunset. This place has a beautiful beach. The nice long stretch of beach for walking or beachcombing. A separate roped off area for swimming also available which looks nice for families with small children. For those who love fishing, Cornet Bay Boat Ramp is a great place to do it. Cornet Bay is absolutely beautiful place to go fishing. Also, the views are completely stunning. Multiple boat ramps and plenty of parking. Great trails close by, both paved and unpaved. Fantastic spot for a day out.

Rosario Head Trailhead

Family-friendly area for short walk or biking with wildlife to see and beautiful sunsets.

Address : Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA

North Beach, Deception Pass State Park

Peaceful, sandy beach with trail access & scenic views of the bluffs & Deception Pass bridge.

Address : 41229 WA-20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA

Cornet Bay Boat Ramp

Incredible place to go fishing with the views.

Address : W Cornet Bay Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA


Deception Pass State Park also offers camping services. If you plan to stay overnight under the stars, this is your chance. Cranberry Lake Campground, Deception Pass State Park is one of the best campgrounds in here. This place has a beautiful location, great trails, good bathrooms, and nice campsites. Access to water, electrical (at some spots), and clean restrooms. Good trails and beach access. The rangers at the entrance we're extremely helpful and friendly!

Cranberry Lake Campground, Deception Pass State Park

Spacious campground feature nature views and well maintained trails.

Address : 41229 WA-20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA


If you are planning for camping here, it's recommended to arrive before dark for the preparation. Then, during a pandemic, you can also prepare like hand sanitizer dan don't forget to wash your hand.


The best time to visit Deception Pass State Park would be from May to Septembery. This is because of the comfortable temperature and low chance of rain.


If you are not planning to camp here, you can stay at the closest hotel nearby to have easy access to reaching the park. If you are planning to have a budget stay here, The Bluff on Whidbey Bed & Breakfast is where you should book your room. This place was a perfect getaway. The view from the room is gorgeous, they have a lovely garden back yard that ends at the bluff with a view of the sound and snow-capped mountains. Another recommended hotel nearby is Pioneer Trails RV Resort. Recommend finding a better family-oriented place to stay. The campgrounds are surrounded by beautiful trees and it is very peaceful here. The grounds are kept in excellent condition and having an onsite laundry is very convenient.

The Bluff on Whidbey Bed & Breakfast

The Bluff offers a spacious and warm rooms with second-story views and a private balcony.

Address : 4808 N Jones Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA

Pioneer Trails RV Resort

The campgrounds are surrounded by beautiful trees and it is very peaceful here.

Address : 7337 Miller Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA


What’s a holiday without tasting the local culinary? Our picks for the restaurants are The Shrimp Shack and Seabolts At Deception. In The Shrimp Shack, you can order breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch menu. Look no further this place is legit what you need. You can never go wrong with halibut and chips. If you're into oysters this place definitely does them right. The popcorn shrimp is also a favorite. Out another pick for restaurants is Seabolt At Deception. Wonderful spot to have both a store and a breakfast and lunch grill. Food is good, they have wifi and a spot to sit at tables. Perfect to be able to buy a coffee or beer.

The Shrimp Shack

Charming place with outdoor picnic tables dishing up fresh-caught & fried seafood, burgers & beer.

Address : 6168 WA-20, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA

Seabolts At Deception

No-frills market with an eatery offering fish 'n' chips, chowder & a deli case with smoked salmon.

Address : 40928 WA-20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA


Want to get mementos from your visit to Washington? Check out A Knot In Thyme! This is my favorite place in the world. Always full of smiles and wonderful locally made jellies, jams, soaps, ornaments, holly wreaths, and more. Pacific Blanket Trading Post is another store. Cool local crafts and a great selection of Pendleton blankets along with Minne Tonka shoes. Make sure to check out the cultural center display in the back.

A Knot In Thyme

Family-owned shop feature Christmas needs, wonderful locally made jellies, jams, soaps, and ornaments.

Address : 4233 Degraff Rd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, USA

Pacific Blanket Trading Post

Providing wonderful selection of items mostly imported from Asia.

Address : 10045 S March Point Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA