Outdoors

Weekend Getaway for Aug. 13

DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK

What: Deception Pass State Park is famous for its sweeping views and the Deception Pass Bridge. The 4,134-acre marine and camping park has 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park also has old-growth forest.

Where: Nine miles north of Oak Harbor on Fidalgo and Whidbey islands.

When: Open from 6:30 a.m.-dusk.

History: People lived in this area as long as 6,000 years ago. Captain George Vancouver was the first European to identify the area as a passage and gave it its name. It was designated as a recreation area in 1925.

Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, paddle sports, diving, clamming and crabbing.

Getting there: From Interstate 5, take Exit 230 and drive west 18 miles on state Route 20. The park entrance is on the right, 1 mile south of the Deception Pass Bridge.

Cost: A $10 per day or $30 per year Discover Pass is required for each vehicle.

Of note: Camping check-in time is 2:30 p.m. The park has four picnic shelters. There is a playground in the park. Mountain biking is allowed only in marked areas. There are five saltwater and three freshwater boat ramps. Tiny Ben Ure Island offers a rustic two-person cabin for rent ($100 per night).

Information: Visit parks.wa.gov.

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