Iconic bridges get a makeover


Many thanks to Joy Kacoroski, interpretive specialist at Deception Pass State Park for putting together this blog highlighting vantage points for enjoying the Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges while they are under maintenance. Heading to Deception Pass? Enjoy — and say hi to Joy and all the helpful staff at the park!

July 31, 2019


Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges are Washington icons and a top attraction at Deception Pass State Park

But years and weather have taken their toll on these graceful, majestic structures.

That’s why over the next two years these two State Route 20 bridges connecting the north and south sides of the park are getting a little TLC.

Contractors working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will repair corroded areas of the bridges and repaint them to preserve the structural integrity. Both bridges will remain open to vehicle traffic for the duration of the project, though one-lane closures are expected nightly. More information can be found on WSDOT’s website.

Due to the construction, parking on the bridges will be extremely limited. Currently there is no parking on Fidalgo or Pass Islands. Limited parking is available at the Whidbey Island lot on the south side of the bridge. The North Beach Group Camp parking lot, just a short hike from the bridge on Whidbey Island, is also open during construction. Get updates on the project at the WSDOT North's Twitter feed at @WSDOT_north.

Don’t let this work prevent your visit. Come out and view the process! You’ll find many beautiful locations at Deception Pass State Park that offer different views of the bridge.

Adventure-samples-300x139Amphitheater (Whidbey Island)

Bridge View Amphitheater

As a popular location for events, the amphitheater offers picturesque views of the west side of both bridges and surrounding cliffs. Park at the amphitheater or at West Beach. Please keep in mind events happen regularly at this location.

Hoypus Forest Natural Area (Whidbey Island)

Bridge Sunset View_Hoypus

Hoypus Forest provides an ideal view of the bridge, especially at sunset. A great vantage point for a photo op! To get to Hoypus Forest, park at the Cornet Bay Marina and walk past the gate along Cornet Bay Road. Less than 1 mile in length, this old road provides excellent access to a little used area in the park.

Lighthouse Point (Fidalgo Island)

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For the more adventurous, take a 1.5 mile round-trip hike to Lighthouse Point from the Bowman Bay boat launch. Find peace and solitude, while discovering a unique view of the western side of the bridges.

North Beach (Whidbey)

Bridge North Beach

One of the most popular viewpoints in the park, North Beach does not disappoint in beauty. To get there, park in the North Beach Group Camp and walk the short trail down to the beach.

Learn More

Want more ideas about great things to try while visiting Deception Pass State Park?

Deception Pass State Park is much more than these two iconic bridges.

Looking for more ways to enjoy Deception Pass State Park? Why not…

  • Stop by the Interpretive Center to learn the important role the CCC played in the development of many of our state parks.
  • Explore the tidepools at Rosario Beach.
  • Take a hike. Challenge yourself with the strenuous hike to the top of Goose Rock, or enjoy the solitude of the quiet forested trails around Pass Lake.
  • Camp, and check out the lineup of fun and exciting educational programs.

No matter your interest, you’ll find something for everyone at Deception Pass State Park! Check out our Washington State Parks website for more information on hiking, swimming or boating, as well as upcoming events and educational programs.

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