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

Sea Kayak Leader Development - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Thu, Mar 24, 2022 - Fri, Mar 25, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Jan 17
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues and Towing - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Single day of Incident Management, including rescues and towing. We will cover a multitude of
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 16
Tacoma Branch

Introduction to Currents - Tacoma - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Introduction to currents clinic. We will start on slack, and practice paddling with, against, and
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Mon, Jun 20, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 15
Tacoma Branch
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