Deception Pass

Deception Pass is the name of a strait that separates Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island in Washington State. The same name has also been applied to the state park that surrounds the strait – Deception Pass State Park. Of all the parks in Washington, none gets more annual visitors than Deception Pass State Park. More than two million people go there every year. Among other things, they come to bask in the beautiful scenery and to partake in a variety of recreational activities.

Fidalgo Island

Fidalgo Island
Fidalgo Island

Fidalgo Island lies just off mainland Washington approximately 80 miles north of Seattle. Separating it from the mainland is the Swinomish Channel. Deception Pass separates it from Whidbey Island to the south. In the old days, those who were trying to get from Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island had to take a ferry. This changed when the Deception Pass Bridge was built in 1935. Fidalgo Island is more than just a stop on the route to Whidbey Island and Deception Pass State Park, however. Visitors to the island can also use its ferry terminal to get to the San Juan Islands and Sidney, British Columbia. The Washington State Ferries dock can be found in Fidalgo Island’s largest city of Anacortes, which has a population of nearly 15,000 people.

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park

Whidbey Island is home to a number of State Parks. This helps to make it a popular destination among travelers who are looking to enjoy some time in the great outdoors. As mentioned, Deception Pass State Park is the most highly visited state park in Washington, thus it goes without saying that it is Whidbey Island’s most popular place to get in touch with nature. Among Deception Pass State Park’s greatest assets are its beaches, its tide pools, and its hiking trails. Visitors can also interest themselves in such things as the available boat rentals, the island’s boat launches, its guided park tours, and its enticing fishing opportunities. For those who don’t want to leave Deception Pass State Park once the sun begins to set, there are lodging options to consider. Among them is the Cornet Bay Retreat Center, which in addition to cabins, provides dining and recreation facilities. The park is also home to three campgrounds.

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