Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $40.00
Beautiful place, stayed in the tree loop,low tide, park was in good shape for early season, they are short of $$$, you can see. Hiking, and water views are great. My only major complaint was checking in, was the Ranger had an vest, gun,and all. Was thinking......... Is this a state park........ Is something going on? On a positive note, bring a fishing pole, good shoes, and enjoy. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $18.00
This was our 4th visit to Deception Pass. Stayed in site 193 which is steps from the amphitheater, West Beach, Cranberry Lake & the North beach trail. Site location was fantastic, close to the newer bathhouse, trails to the beach, etc... We keep finding new trails, fishing holes, and beach spots here. Navy planes were out on Thu and Fri before Labor Day but they didn't start flying until 8AM and seemed to be done at a reasonable hour. Love this park. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.
So very mixed feelings on this place. On the one hand the park is gorgeous. Lovely beaches, pretty lake, tons of hiking trails. On the other hand the sites are mostly terrible. Many are small, very (very) unlevel, several butt up right against one another. Interior roads are also treed and very tight. We had to walk our 40-footer through the lower loop to get into our site, squeezing through trees and turns...and in the end we probably had one of only a handful of sites large and level enough to take us. The rest are really much better suited to tenters or small trailers. Lastly it's super-crowded and you hear jet planes from the nearby base shooting over the area all day long. We enjoyed hiking the area, but won't camp here again due to the poor site quality. 4 bars of Verizon 4G LTE in camp. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Motorhome.
An absolutely gorgeous state park, on an incredibly beautiful weekend. After a 4.8 mile hike in the morning on Saturday, we sat on the beach all the rest of day. We saw and photographed bald eagles at multiple spots around the park. I don't believe any park in the Washington state system can provide so many breath-taking elements. That said, we sadly will not be returning to this park. This park is far too much of a "tight squeeze" for even a small trailer like ours (21 ft). We camped in a back-in site (#22) that was very difficult to get into. We were unable to get the trailer completely level, and we noticed a great number of the sites are not even close to being level. Additionally, this park is super popular (for the obvious reasons), so every site is full every weekend. This requires patience when departing on Sunday morning, because everyone trying to hook-up is forced to block the one way road through the camp because the sites are too small. We love the Deception Pass area, but we will opt to stay in one of the fine private RV parks in the area from now on. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Rate does not include online reservation fee. We had not been to this park before, and we selected a site that had a drainage problem -- causing the parking spot to be partly wet and muddy as well as the steps to the picnic table and fire pit. This was a random chance situation -- none of the other sites had the problem. Restrooms and showers were clean, but old/worn. Washington parks require use of tokens (3 min each) for showers, adding 50 cents for each token to the cost of staying. It was a lovely park, the nearby naval air base was not too noisy, though a few aircraft loudly passed overhead during the day. We would stay again. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Motorhome.
The park is at the north end of Whidbey Island. It is near Cranberry lake and the beaches face the sound and the inlet. The park has a lot of old growth trees. The location is beautiful and you can easily explore the rest of Whidbey Island, which is very pretty and has an interesting military history. The sites themselves were a little on the small side and backing the trailer in was a little tricky. There are pull through sites, but I would not take a 42' rig into most of them. The restrooms were clean, but there was only one for a large loop, so you had to wait sometimes. My kids enjoyed riding their bikes, playing on the beach, seeing the old forts on Whidbey Island, and hiking. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $27.00
Deception Pass Park is my favorite Washington State Park. It is a wonderful place to camp. The staff is great, the park is very clean and the amenities are modern and always in excellent working condition. From the beautiful old growth trees, the huge ancient-looking ferns, abundant wildlife and gorgeous beach to the crisp air and awesome hiking trails, you cannot go wrong. There is the Oak Harbor NAS nearby but you quickly forget all about it once you immerse yourself in the wonders of Deception Pass Park. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $24.00
We stayed in the Quarry Pond loop. It is actually outside of the park, but you have to check in at the park entrance. The state park redid the quarry pond loop over the winter. I thought it was quite nice. I would have preferred to have been within the state park but it was a fine alternative. I read some of the reviews of this loop and I didn't think that it was that dusty. Perhaps the upgrades that the state park did helped with that. The state park was very pretty. We would stay here again but preferably in the Cranberry Lake loop. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $24.00
This place was a sight for sore eyes! Absolutely beautiful trees and plants. The beach is gorgeous and the hiking trails are beautiful as well. We saw eagles, wild rabbits, frogs; lots of wildlife. Our campsite was perfect. The weather wasn't the greatest but it was a great time. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Truck Camper.
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $27.00
We stayed only one night. We stayed at what is call the "overflow" park named Quarry Pond. This location was an older park that was purchased by the state to accommodate first come first served campers. It is located on the opposite side of the highway from Deception Pass State Park which is available only for reservations. Quarry Pond is an old park and located at the intersection of 2 roads. Traffic noise levels are not too bad considering the closeness of the streets. There is no dump station at Quarry Pond. You must tow to Deception Pass State Park for dumping. Overall, thought it a bit pricey. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $27.00
We stayed at the Quarry Pond location, across the road from the main park. As of now, it's first-come, first-served. Noisy from highway and for some reason while we were there a lot of the other campers raced by over the speed limit in loud cars frequently. NO rangers on site, perhaps that is why. Otherwise it was very good, lots of spaces. We were told it will be going to a reservation system, which will be a shame. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.
A short drive or 15 minute walk to the beach (ocean), or the lakeside. Rowboats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the lake. Concession stand/restrooms at the beach. Beach is long: over 1 mile, mostly rocky but walkable and playable for kids. Has lots of driftwood for building forts etc., and good winds for kites. Fishing in the lake (don't know about licenses, as I don't fish). Has lots of shady RV sites, some quite large, many pull throughs. Restrooms are clean and spartan. Shower is 3 minutes of hot water for a token, and free if you like cold water. Campside water is potable but not too tasty. Observed no wild critters other than deer. Lots of nettle bushes, so be prepared. Like this park, will stay here again. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We really liked Deception Pass State Park, but that was before we camped there. Now we LOVE it. Our spot was very private, heavily treed/shady, and even though the campground was full it was pretty quiet. We were on the Forest Loop and didn't walk through any of the others. We found the interior sites to be less private than the exterior sites. We had a split level site, but the spot for our RV was very level and easy to get into. There are miles of trails in the area and being so close to the beach was fantastic. Highly recommended campground. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $30.00
I have read the reviews for the past few years, did not sound good, but we needed a place to stay so we decided to try it for ourselves. What a delightful management team. They were saying they had only been here a short time and still learning the area. Well for all you who loved the park but not the past manager, (She is gone) and the new ones are very polite, with smiles, and rolled out the Welcome Mat. I would definitely stay here again. We have reservations for July. Can't wait to go back. Also, the area they are located is surrounded with such beauty. Safe travels everyone! We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $24.00
We loved this park! We travelled late in the summer, when the park wasn't too busy, and got a site close to the lake and the ocean. The views around this campground are beautiful, and it was great for bicycles as well. The walk up to the Deception Pass bridge is well worth the effort. The site was clean, spacious, and private. Of all the Washington state parks we have visited, this is our favorite. We camped at Deception Pass State Park in a Travel Trailer.