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
  • Sea Trails Deception Pass and Skagit Bay WA101
  • NOAA Bellingham to Everett No. 18423
  • NOAA Anacortes to Skagit Bay No. 18427

Upcoming Activities

Paddling in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
An introduction to paddling in moving water, held in a moderate eddy at beautiful Deception
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Thu, Jun 3, 2021
3 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 1
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Playing with the flood follow by the ebb current at Canoe Pass and Strawberry Island
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Fri, Jun 4, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes May 28
Seattle Branch

ACA L3 ICE - Deception Pass

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
4 participants
Registration closes Oct 1
Seattle Branch
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