Deception Pass consists of Bowman Bay, Rosario Beach, Deception Pass bridge, and Deception Pass State Park. One of the most beautiful places on earth in my opinion…even on a cloudy day. The Deception Pass Bridge is a scenic wonder with views of the Puget Sound and the Pass. Deception Pass is known as a deep turbulent passage that links Whidbey Island (another future post) and Fidalgo Island which then connects to Hwy 20/Anacortes area.
Picnicking can be had at all the stops here. Most areas have BBQ’s and tables. Some covered units can be reserved for larger parties. There are many trails for walks/hikes, a swimming hole at Deception Pass State Park, and camping (tent and RV) at both Cranberry Lake (DPSP) and Bowman Bay (limited) – year round. Rent kayaks or launch your boat at Bowman Bay, a saltwater marine park. Fish at Cranberry Lake. A Visitors Information stand is located at the parking area at the bridge. At Bowman Bay, visit the interpretive center which is named (and renovated) by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) – it provides interesting historical information about the CCC and area.
My favorite is Rosario Beach. This beach has beautiful rocky/pebbled beaches (all shapes, sizes, styles) with tidepools to entertain – you’ll spot sea urchins and hermit crabs. The Maiden of Deception Pass story pole is located here…and depicts a story of the Samish Indian Nation. It’s a great place for kids to learn about marine life. It’s a place for adults to explore …or enjoy the sites and serenity of nature. Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, owned and operated by Walla Walla University is also located there – offering classes and a summer camp.