Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000-feet of saltwater shoreline, and 33,900-feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. Rugged cliffs drop to meet the turbulent waters of Deception Pass.
The park has 167 tent sites, 143 utility spaces, five hiker / biker sites, two dump stations, 20 restrooms (four ADA), and ten showers (four ADA). Camping is located at three locations in the park, 18 tent sites and two utility sites are at Bowman Bay, seven tent sites and 54 utility sites at Quarry Pond, and 147 tent sites and 83 utility sites are at Cranberry Lake. Maximum site length is 60-feet (limited availability).
In addition there are four campsites on Hope Island north shore bay, the pay station is near the east campsite, a vault toilet is in the woods 100-feet south of the campsites. The rest of the island is a natural area preserve and off limits to recreational use. Standard primitive campsite rules apply.
This a gorgeous park with very nice hookup sites. Lots of hiking trails and beach to explore. Nearby airbase flys jets during the week directly overhead. Very loud.
I really cant understand how this park has so many positive reviews. Maybe we just stayed at the shitty campground. All of the sites were super teeny, tiny. Barely enough room for 1 car to be parked and have a small 2 person tent set up -if you can even find a flat enough space for it! The sites were also stacked right on top of each other. Don't expect any amount of privacy here or illusion that you are out in nature. The campsite is also about 200 yards away from a highway, so you'll hear highway sounds all night long. Exactly what you want when camping. We had planned a 2 night stay and left immediately in the morning after the first night because it was so terrible.
I’m not sure why this campsite has such good reviews. The area is incredibly gorgeous, but the campsite is so crowded and noisy. Everyone is on top of one another. The sites themselves are quite small, the tables aren’t made of real wood so you can melt them if you put a hot pan on them, there was music blaring the whole night, there were people everywhere, and the jets that fly over head are so loud it’s impossible to talk or sleep.
The reservation system is so weird too. We arrived after the host stand closed so we took a picture of the “reserved” site list, found a spot that was empty and not on the list so we assumed it was not reserved. We paid for the site at the camp store and were told we were good to stay for the night. Turns out, someone actually had reserved the site for that night and the next three nights. Luckily, their friends who were coming weren’t going to arrive til the next day and they let us stay. But there was no way to know the site was reserved. There was no signage at the campsite and it wasn’t posted on the list and on top of that, the campground ended up getting paid twice for the same spot.
The area is so beautiful, it was sad to not have that quiet, out of the city camping experience.
That being said, at least everything was clean.
If you’re looking for wilderness and peace and quiet, you will not find it here.
The park is super busy during the summer. So much so that they stamp letting day use in at certain times so a reservation is highly recommended. The reason is you have many activities to choose from. Hiking, biking, and kayaking are in abundance here with miles of trails and water front. For the camping, it’s crowded to say the least. The spacing is okay but with so many people in the park it is bound to be loud. If you are looking for solitude don’t come here. The facilities were okay but nothing special and the sites have your normal set up. Some of the sites are very small and are for smaller tents only. Definitely look at the online map first to choose the appropriate site.
Old growth trees, large private RV sites, hook ups electric/water, gorgeous blue sky’s, fresh water lakes and ocean beyond, critters abound, hiking a little tough coming back up from the bridge.
Wonderful place to camp. Make reservations 9 months in advance because they fill up. Camp sites are close together but still feel private. I will be returning
Great place to camp and explore. Only draw back is the near by air base. Planes can come and go anytime and could cause a pleasant evening to be kind of noisy.
This is a giant park with a ton of campsites but you are advised to make reservations. Even though there are a lot of sites, you are evenly spaced out and each spot typically feels bigger than it is. The spots do lap on top of each other as the go up a hill and sound sometimes gets loud. As far as recreation this park offers it all from kayaking, hiking, boating, fishing, and biking. The diversity and scenery gives it all an A Plus and the designation as one of the best parks in the area. I will definitely be back.
I have camped at Deception Pass twice in the past month. We did site #190 & #193. They both have trails leading to the beach with and excellent view of the well known bridge. Definitely walk across the bridge. And then go to the beach and take some pictures with the bridge in the background! They sell firewood but I've never seen it open (I've never camped on a weekend). They also have a little coffee stand that I imagine is open on the weekends. It wasn't open weekdays. This is definitely a great place to kayak with the lake and there is a beach roped off for swimming with a deep end. It's a little warmer because it's not out in the Puget.