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
Washington Park to Cornet Bay. Participants must also be registered for the Sea Kayak Camping
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Fri, Sep 30, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Sep 28
Seattle Branch

FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Incident management Slam: bring your incident and we will manage it.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Fri, Sep 30, 2022
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Sep 28
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak Event - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Seminar
Paddle and camp. Join the Mountaineers kayak community for a weekend of kayaking and camping
Difficulty: *Varies*
Fri, Sep 30, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Sep 28
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
We will wander north from Bowman Bay exploring the shoreline.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
Fri, Sep 30, 2022
Prerequisites
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Sep 28
Seattle Branch

FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Refine and master your low and high brace(s) using proper body, boat (edging) and blade
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
Sat, Oct 1, 2022
Prerequisites
1 participant 1 leader
Registration closes Sep 30
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak Event - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Seminar
Paddle and camp. Join the Mountaineers kayak community for a weekend of kayaking and camping
Difficulty: *Varies*
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 - Sun, Oct 2, 2022
No Prerequisites
14 participants
Registration closes Sep 29
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues & Towing - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
One day on on-water and on-beach instruction regarding incident management and prevention.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 1, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants 3 leaders
Canceled
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak Incident Management, Rescues & Towing - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
One day on on-water and on-beach instruction regarding incident management and prevention.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 1, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Sep 29
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Participants will learn and experiment with the effects of tidal currents when ferrying, crossing eddy
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III/IV
Sat, Oct 1, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Sep 29
Seattle Branch

FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Individually customized instruction provided for any paddling strokes you'd like to learn. We'll go around
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
Sun, Oct 2, 2022
Prerequisites
0 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Oct 1
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
Learn about paddling in the currents of deception pass.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Oct 2, 2022
Prerequisites
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Sep 30
Seattle Branch
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