Deception Pass State Park Turns 100!

Dunava performing at DPSP American Roots

Dunava, a Northwest-based Balkan choir, performs at an American Roots concert in the Deception Pass State Park amphitheater.

Celebrate with us this summer at free concerts and a community picnic!

As one of the most visited state parks in the system, Deception Pass State Park is well loved by the community, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate this anniversary in 2022!

In honor of this momentous birthday, the Deception Pass Park Foundation is hosting several events across the summer culminating in the revival of a lost tradition older than the park itself: a free community picnic at East Cranberry Lake!

A high bridge being constructed across Deception Pass.
A crew of Civilian Conservation Corps work men assemble at Deception Pass State Park in the 1930s.

Above left: A Civilian Conservation Corps crew poses at Deception Pass between 1933 and 1938 Ar-08503003-Ph030131. Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives. Above right: The Deception Pass Bridge, mid-construction between 1933 and 1938  Ar-08503003-Ph030131. Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives.

Schedule of Events:

Summer Interpretive Programs
June - September 

Learn about the amazing natural and cultural resources of Deception Pass State Park while you explore this summer. Find the complete calendar of programs hosted by park staff.

American Roots Concert Series
Every Saturday, July – August (except July 23)

Come to a free concert at the Deception Pass State Park amphitheater (no registration required)! Our American Roots Concert Series is hosted in partnership with the Washington State Parks and Recreation’s Folk & Traditional Arts Program. Find the 2022 American Roots lineup and listen to music

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Community Picnic in the Park: featuring vintage car and RV show

Saturday, July 23

Help revive a tradition older than the park and come join us for a picnic at East Cranberry Lake. Attendance is free. We will have a beer garden with 11 local breweries creating special Deception Pass brews, a day full of live music, a vintage car and RV show, food trucks, and other local vendors.

A historic sepia toned photo of a community picnic at Cranberry Lake

Historic photo of one of the legendary community picnics at east Cranberry Lake.

The best place to learn more about these events is either by the Washington State Parks calendar (, and for more details, visit our website (