Whidbey Island West Shore

A long paddle along the west shore of Whidbey Island. This trip can be done in both directions but north to south allows more options for shore breaks in the last half of the trip.

launch & Landing points

  • Bowman Bay at Deception Pass.
  • Deception Pass West Beach, south of the pass is a possibility in the summer when roads are open.
  • Hatie Lake Boat Ramp.
  • Ebey's Landing.
  • Just east of the Keystone ferry terminal, part of Fort Casey Historical Park.

on the water

The shoreline is exposed to wind and waves from the Straight of Juan de Fuca and conditions can vary considerably.  Much of the shore is cobble beach.  Landings are possible but will be tricky with breaking waves. Ebb currents in the morning and flood in the afternoon are most favorable.  

There are two restricted area related to the Naval Air Station:

  • Just south of Deception Pass are two restricted areas defined by CFR 33.334.1200 which keep boats out of the path of low flying airplanes.  Regulations permit vessels to enter "at their own risk".  You can choose to paddle around these, making for a 6 mile stretch of paddling.
  • Next is a "Small Arms Safety Zone."  Contact the Small Arms Range Safety Officer at 360-257-3825.  It can be active any time but is most commonly used during Monday to Friday.  When it is active there will be red flags on the beach, and observers will watch for people transiting the area.  Call the day before and ask if it will be active and for more information.
  • Length: 19.0 nm
  • NOAA Puget Sound No. 18440
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Northern Part No. 18441

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  • Deception Pass to Keystone
  • Whidbey Island: Deception Pass to Keystone
  • Deception Pass to Ebey's Landing
  • Whidbey Island: Deception Pass to Ebey's Landing
  • Keystone to Deception Pass
  • Whidbey Island: Keystone to Deception Pass

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