Deception Pass

Strong tidal currents flow through this pass making it a classic spot for refining current skills.

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 park.

launch points

  • The Bowman Bay launch is used to access the pass for current play on an ebb. 
  • The launch at Cornet Bay provides access for 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 in  late summer/early fall. Please note that if multiple trips are scheduled for this place the trips scheduled later will be cancelled and 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, 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



Incident Management for Intermediate Sea Kayaking - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course
Incident management and boat-handling skill development in dynamic conditions (wind, waves, current)
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closed Jun 16
Everett Branch

Incident Management for Intermediate Sea Kayaking - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Intermediate Sea Kayaking Course
Incident management and boat-handling skill development in dynamic conditions (wind, waves, current)
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closed Jun 16
Everett Branch

Paddling in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
A beginner current clinic.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Jul 7, 2018
Prerequisites
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 5
Seattle Branch

Paddling in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Intermediate-Advance Tidal Current
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Jul 29, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Jul 27
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Play day in the currents.
Sat, Aug 4, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 2
Tacoma Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Play day in the currents number 2.
Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 2
Tacoma Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Paddle and practice in moderate ebb currents
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Prerequisites
6 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Sep 12
Seattle Branch
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