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 - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
SK IV paddle and play in Deception Pass area
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Mon, Mar 4, 2024
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant
Registration closes Mar 2
Seattle Branch
Beth Owen

Sea Kayak - Bowman Bay to Burrows and Allan Islands

Sea Kayaking Trip
SK III-IV paddle to explore the coast north of Deception Pass
Difficulty: sk III+
Tue, Mar 5, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closes Mar 3
Seattle Branch
Beth Owen

Essential Sea Kayak Skills - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Put the skills you have worked on in the rest of the Essential Skills series
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
Sat, Mar 16, 2024
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Mar 14
Seattle Branch
Will Wade

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Join a group of peers paddling a fast ebb current in Deception Pass. Max ebb
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Mar 16, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Mar 14
Seattle Branch
Tom Unger

Essential Sea Kayak Skills - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Put the skills you have worked on in the rest of the Essential Skills series
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
Sun, Mar 17, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Mar 10
Seattle Branch
Felicia Wibowo

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Join a group of peers paddling a fast ebb current in Deception Pass. Max ebb
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Mon, Mar 18, 2024
Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Mar 16
Seattle Branch
Colin Farrell

Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues and Towing - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
One day sea kayak incident management, rescues, and towing clinic.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III/IV
Sat, Jun 1, 2024
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 1 leader
Registration closes May 30
Tacoma Branch
Michael Everett

Introduction to Currents - Tacoma - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Introduction to currents, bracing and rescues
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV/V
Sun, Jun 2, 2024
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes May 31
Tacoma Branch
Michael Everett

Paddling in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Introduction to currents, including bracing and rescues in moving water.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III/IV
Sat, Jun 29, 2024
Prerequisites
1 participant 1 leader
Registration closes Jun 27
Seattle Branch
Jean Nahan
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  • Bowman Bay to Burrows and Allan Islands
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