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 enough, 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’ll circumnavigate Reservation Head and explore it’s sandy pocket beaches, a sea cave, rock channels, tide pools and epic views of the Olympic Peninsula, Smith Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Experienced paddlers can upon request experience light current if available on the outside of Reservation Head and Lighthouse Point.
Skill Prerequisites: NONE
Beginner level. You have had no or limited experience on a board or have limited skills. Beginner instruction is included in tour cost.
“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