Deception Pass Challenge Travel Guide

Deception Pass Challenge Travel Guide

The Deception Pass Challenge is based in Deception Pass State Park which splits the north end of Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island.  Both sides of the Pass have tons of great opportunities to explore by foot or on-water as well as great food, lodging and other things to do.

Visit the towns of Coupeville, La Connor, Anacortes, Edison and Conway for a view of Skagit life.  Also epic parks like Fort Casey, Fort Ebey, Washington Park with views of the San Juan Islands.

Race Registration:



Directions to Race

The race is located at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park.  If coming from the north don’t cross the bridge!  Exit to the right just past Pass Lake on Rosario Road, then Immediately enter the park on your left. Bring your Discover Pass for parking or purchase a day parking pass at the park.

Directions to Bowman Bay – Deception Pass State Park

Getting there from Seattle – Take I-5 north to Mt Vernon then Highway 20 to Anacortes.  From Anacortes, follow Hwy 20 south towards Whidbey Island and BEFORE the bridge and at Pass Lake, exit to to Rosario Road then Bowman Bay on your left.

Ferries: No need to take a ferry coming from Seattle.  If coming from the Olympic Peninsula, take the Port Townsend – Keystone Ferry and get a reservation. Use WSDOT to check schedules, real time status, cameras of lines etc. Early is best to avoid lines. Or late at night.  Get the WSDOT app to check ferry schedules, boat status and cams of lot


Racers get a generous discount for staying at Oak Harbor’s Auld Holland Inn.  Book one Queen or two Double Beds for $69 until 12/5/21.  **Use this Group Code: DPR2021 after clicking “Book” to review available options. Contact the hotel for any questions: 360-675-2288 Reservations@auld-holland.com

More Local Lodging Options

Camping –


Mt Vernon

Groceries – Skagit Food Coop

Shambala Bakery  – Glutan and dairy free

Beer – North Sound Brewery / Skagit Valley Brewery / Farmstrong Brewing


Bastion Brewery – Great beer and BBQ, right before cut-off to DP.  Spring DP Race Sponsor

Adrift Restaurant – Great seafood, etc

Gere a Deli – Great deli, coffee, breakfast, etc

Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery – site down at time of writing, check FB

Brown Lantern – Casual, beer, tacos, burgers..

Calico Cupboard – Breakfast, lunch, bakery

Oak Harbor

Kau Kau Corner – Hawaiian.  We had it at our Spring DP Race.

Orlando’s BBQ

Seabolts Smokehouse

La Connor

Nell Thorn – Kinda fancy but great food and water view

Calico Cupboard – Bakery, breakfast, lunch..

La Connor Brewing Co – Lunch, dinner, pizza and good beer


Local Travel

Skagit Valley To-Do’s

Whidbey Island:

Ft Casey, Ft Ebey, historic maritime town of Coupeville, Deception Pass has many trails, beaches, paddling spots and more.

Skagit Valley / Mt Vernon / Anacortes:

Washington Park in Anacortes, town of Anacortes, Edison (local food, art and culture), La Connor (galleries, food/beer, shops)

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