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



Introduction to Incident Management - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Incident Management in Dynamic Water
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 2 instructors
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

Improve your roll - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Increase your confidence in your roll
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Prerequisites
3 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

Introduction to Kayak Sailing - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Increase your range and speed on long paddles using a kayak sail
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 1 instructor
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

Killer Kayak Kustomization - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Killer Kayak Kustomization. Saturday Session (before dinner) on how to customize your boat
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Prerequisites
15 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Oct 13
Seattle Branch

Introduction to the Currents of Deception Pass - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
A gentle introduction to the currents of Deception Pass.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

Strokes and Manuevers - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Learn, Refine, and Practice Strokes and Maneuvers
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

Reality Rangers - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Reality Rangers - Navigation from the cockpit
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Prerequisites
2 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

SK-III Trip Planning and Leadership - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Learn the basics of how to lead trips
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Prerequisites
2 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Oct 12
Seattle Branch

Debacle Deterrent and Chaos Control in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Have fun with risk assessment and incident management!
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Oct 12
Seattle Branch

Blended Strokes for Dynamic Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Advance your basic strokes for use in dynamic water
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 1 instructor
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

Stuff Happens! Improve Paddling and Problem-solving Skills - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Paddling in dynamic water often brings problems! Learn how to solve these problems through improving
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Oct 11
Seattle Branch

Navigation - Get to where you want to go - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
Beginning and intermediate navigation skills
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Prerequisites
4 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Oct 12
Seattle Branch

Introduction to the Currents of Deception Pass - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Paddler Development Weekend
A gentle introduction to the currents of Deception Pass.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 1 instructor
Registration closes Oct 12
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
The moderate ebb current will be a great opportunity to refine your moving water skills.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Prerequisites
4 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Nov 15
Seattle Branch
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