Deception Pass

Sea kayaking at Deception Pass near Anacortes offers strong tidal current flows making it a classic spot for refining current skills. Test your skills with boils, whirlpools, and a possible venture into the Room of Doom.

getting there

From Seattle, follow I-5 N to WA-20 W/Avon Cutoff in Burlington. Take exit 230 from I-5 N. Follow WA-20 for about 15 miles and follow signs for Deception Pass State Park.

launch points

  • Use the Bowman Bay boat launch to access the pass for current play on an ebb. 
  • Use the boat launch at Cornet Bay to access the pass in a flood cycle. 

on the water

Although passage can be made with careful timing at slack, most excursions to the pass should be made with full preparation for challenging conditions.  The main pass on the south experiences higher boat traffic.  Canoe pass on the north  is the site of more kayak activity.  

INFORMATION for leaders

scheduling & Permits

  • This location allows for multiple bookings for our Paddlers Development Weekend. Please note that if multiple trips are scheduled for this place, you'll be asked to move your trip to a different location or date. 
  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to 12 people.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip or clinic, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Map
  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101
  • NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423
  • NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues and Towing. - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Incident management clinic in Bowman Bay, including multiple types of rescues, towing, and sea kayaking
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 13
Tacoma Branch

Introduction to Currents - Tacoma - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Introduction to tidal currents, boils, and eddies. Beginning to moderate currents.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Mon, Aug 16, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 14
Tacoma Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Tue, Aug 17, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 15
Tacoma Branch

ACA L3 ICE - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: ACA COASTAL SEA KAYAKING LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
This is a 2 day examination to test the knowledge and skills to effectively and
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 2, 2021 - Sun, Oct 3, 2021
Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closes Oct 1
Seattle Branch

FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Messing around in The Pass - a day to practice boat handling incident management, and
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Fri, Oct 8, 2021
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Oct 6
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Cliffside meander north of Deception Pass
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
Fri, Oct 8, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Oct 7
Tacoma Branch

Sea Kayak Event - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Seminar
Paddle and camp. Join the Mountaineers kayak community for a weekend kayaking and camping a
Fri, Oct 8, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Oct 6
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Paddle from Cornet Bay to Deception Island and Lottie Bay, with a little time playing
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Fri, Oct 8, 2021
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Oct 6
Tacoma Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Paddle from Cornet Bay to Deception Island and Lottie Bay, with a little time playing
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Fri, Oct 8, 2021
Prerequisites
5 participants
Canceled
Tacoma Branch

Sea Kayak Event - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Seminar
Paddle and camp. Join the Mountaineers kayak community for a weekend kayaking and camping a
Sat, Oct 9, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Oct 7
Seattle Branch

Paddling in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Beginners clinic on paddling in currents. This clinic is reserved for participants of the Paddle
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III/IV
Sat, Oct 9, 2021
Prerequisites
6 participants 2 leaders
Registration opens Oct 1
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Explore the coastline north of Bowman Bay. This paddle is for participants of the Paddle
Difficulty: SK III
Sat, Oct 9, 2021
Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Oct 7
Tacoma Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Tour de Pass: start in Skagit Bay and ride the ebb and play in eddy
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 9, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Oct 7
Tacoma Branch
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