Deception Pass Tour

Despite it’s reputation for swift rapids, Deception Pass isn’t all about whitewater. The park includes two freshwater lakes and two very wind and current protected and calm picturesque bays. Bowman Bay is located on the north side of the bridge and is adjacent to a camping area and water trails campsite. Bowman has both sandy beaches and rugged shorelines below madrone and evergreen forests. The bay has views of the distant Olympic Mountains, the Olympic Peninsula, Lopez Island and if clear, Victoria BC.  

We’ll launch on a gently sloped gravel beach, then depending on your skills, either provide a basic lesson to new or inexperienced paddlers or start our tour.

We have several options for routes. By heading to the right, we’ll paddle to Rosario Head and explore it’s cliffs and tide pools.  Or we may head south towards Reservation Head and either portage a short sand spit into picturesque Lottie Bay which will provide us a view of the Deception Pass Bridge.  And/or we’ will circumnavigate Reservation Head and explore its sandy pocket beaches, a sea cave and tide pools. 

Experienced paddlers can upon request experience light current if available on the outside of Reservation Head and Lighthouse Point.  Sign up for my Tidal Rapids Training in Deception Pass for a whitewater experience. 

Skill Prerequisites: All levels.

If you or your group has no or limited experience on a board beginning instruction will be included to get you up and paddling!

Tour Details:

Class Size: 1 – 6 people  (Larger groups ok with advanced notice).

Location: Bowman Bay, Deception Pass State Park, (or Cornet Bay if Bowman is windy).

Duration: 3-4 hours. Paddle at your own pace, and we’ll take breaks.

Schedule: Private tours only.

Guide to Guest Ratio: 1:4 or 2:4, 2:6. 

Tour Follow-up: Rob will shoot photos and/or videos upon request.


3-6 guests: 199 per person. Rental gear free with tour cost / 173 with your own gear. 

Two Person Rate: 225 per person. Rental gear free with tour cost. / 199 with your own gear.  

Individual Rate (1-1): 399. Rental gear free with tour cost. / 373 with your own gear. 

Rental gear includes: Stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Alumni/Repeat Tours: $25 off per person.

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“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”

- Leah R

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