Oak Harbor Don't-Miss Attraction: Deception Pass State Park

By Hannah Bulla on July 31, 2012 at 6:31 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Pam Headridge

The natural beauty of the Puget Sound is never more lovely than in Deception Pass State Park. The park attracts more than 2 million visitors annually who fish and boat in more than 20 miles of salt and freshwater shoreline and hike 40 miles of trails to see breath-taking views of the snowy Olympic Mountains.

Bird watching is also popular. Be sure to bring a camera because visitors may also see foxes, deer and even otters at various spots in the park.

If you are staying for more than a day, the park has camping sites with big lots and plenty of privacy. The campgrounds are a just short walk to the beach and incredible views of the mountains. Water lovers will enjoy crabbing, clamming, boating, special kayaking coves and fishing spots.

The park also hosts summer events like Salish Sea Native American Culture Day and the American Roots Music Series at two amphitheaters. One of the most popular days is Free Park Day, a statewide practice allowing visitors into all Washington state parks free of admission.


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