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. 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



Paddling in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Current clinic.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Jul 20, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closed Jul 12
Seattle Branch

Sea Kayak - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Trip
CURRENT PLAY DAY - 7.1 kt Max Flood.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Aug 3, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 1
Tacoma Branch

Paddling in Moving Water - Deception Pass

Sea Kayaking Clinic
Current clinic.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
Sat, Aug 10, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 8
Seattle Branch
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