Sleep in old-growth forests next to the state’s most epic bridge span.
Deception Pass State Park has a little bit of everything Northwesterners hold dear: rugged saltwater shoreline, freshwater lakes, old growth forest, wildlife, and views stretching across Puget Sound. The park’s centerpiece is the Deception Pass bridge, which flies high above the cliffs and links the mainland with Whidbey Island. Campsites are scattered around the park, including a boat-in cabin and forested tent spots.
Deception Pass State Park is open year-round. In the Coastal Northwest’s relatively mild climate, there’s never a bad time to visit. Summers, especially on weekends and holidays, are very busy here. But come in the shoulder season—in the spring or early summer, before July 4—or early fall, after Memorial Day, and you’re more likely to find seclusion. Weekdays are generally a better bet, too.
Yes, campfires are allowed in Deception Pass State Park, except during burn bans or restrictions. They can only be in designated fire rings or grills provided at the campgrounds. The park has three main campgrounds: Cranberry Lake, Forest, and Quarry Pond, all of which have fire rings at individual campsites. Remember to follow fire safety rules and check for any fire restrictions or burn bans that may be in place during your visit. Also, keep in mind that collecting firewood from the park is not allowed; you must bring your own firewood or purchase it from the park's concessionaire.
Yes, a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to day-use areas at Deception Pass State Park. However, if you have a camping reservation, the camping fee includes one vehicle access without the need for a separate Discover Pass. Additional vehicles at the campsite will require a Discover Pass. You can purchase a Discover Pass online, at a retail location, or at a self-pay station at the park. For more information on Deception Pass camping, visit Hipcamp.
Black bears have been sighted in the general vicinity of Deception Pass State Park, but they are not commonly found within the park itself. However, it is always a good idea to follow proper food storage and safety guidelines when camping in any wilderness area to minimize the risk of attracting wildlife.