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Hope Island, Deception Pass State Park


Date: June 20-21, 2015

Location: Hope Island, Deception Pass State Park

Contact: Claire Acord
    phone: 360-240-1235

Launch and Parking Info:

  • Launch Ramp at Coronet Bay: Cornet Bay is the main saltwater access point for boaters at Deception Pass. It has 6 lanes of launching space, floats alongside, moorage docks for overnight use, and parking space for over 100 vehicles. Launching and moorage are subject to Washington State Parks fees. Please click here for current fee info. To get to Coronet Bay, Take E. Cornet Bay Rd. off Hwy 20 just across from Deception Pass Park entrance. To get to Coronet Bay, Take E. Cornet Bay Rd. off Hwy 20 just across from Deception Pass Park entrance.

  • La Conner, Sherman Street Boat Ramp is a bit over 5 miles from Hope Island.

  • For a longer adventure, launch at Oak Harbor Marina on Whidbey 14.5 miles to Hope Island

  • For carry boats at high tide, Ala Spit County Park. Turn E off Hwy 30 2 mi S. of Deception Pass Bridge onto Troxell Rd. Travel 4 mi. to Geck Rd. Drop down to road end. Site has limited parking and a porta-potty. Large pile-up of huge logs on south side of Ala Spit makes for difficult carrying of kayak between beach and parking lot. This can change from year to year however. North side of spit is soft mud. Carefully approach Ala Spit on the S. side for an exit, and exit close to the mainland to avoid most logs.

    Note: The current passing between Hope Island and Ala Spit can be strong, as a large body of water squeezes through this narrow opening. Adjust your direction accordingly. Interestingly, a southerly current will move you southward as you paddle, but an almost equally strong eddy current will bring you back on track.

Schedule and Activities
Arrive earlier or later than low water to avoid muddy messes, Pot luck supper on east side of island, or aboard some of the boats.

Hope Island PeninsulaTides: Datum for Ala Spit, Whidbey Island
June 20, 2015
       7.39 PDT    8.4 feet High Tide
     12:30 PDT   -0.6 feet Low Tide
     21:34 PDT    10.8 feet High Tide

June 21, 2015
       8.31 PDT    7.8 feet High Tide
     15.11 PDT   -0.3 feet Low Tide
     20.11 PDT   10.6 feet High Tide

Food & Shelter: Bring your own food and water. Camping available on the island. Pot luck supper Saturday evening on east side of island, or aboard some of the boats.

Local Knowledge:
Located in Skagit County in San Juan Islands, Hope Island State Park is a 200-acre marine park in Skagit Bay. The park offers several campsites, attractive beaches, and a trail across the island. The island is forested with occasional meadows and rock outcroppings. The island is a natural area preserve to protect a rare Puget Sound ecosystem.

The park offers four primitive campsites on the north shore bay. The pay station is near the eastern campsite. A vault toilet is in the woods 100-feet south of the campsites. The rest of the island is a Natural Area Preserve, off limits to recreational use. Standard primitive campsite rules apply.The overnight parking fee is in effect at Cornet Bay boat launch.

Hope Island offers five mooring buoys. Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Host: Traditional Small Craft Association - Puget Sound Chapter

RSVP: Please RSVP to the TSCA Puget Sound group

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Updated: January 18, 2015

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