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Sandy beach
No
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Most of Deception Pass State Park's attention is focused along the western shore, but there are a few areas to explore on the east side of Highway 20 as well. The water's a bit calmer heading through the pass toward Similk and Skagit Bays, which makes Cornet Bay an ideal location for a small marina and docks – the main point of access for boating in the park. Crabbing and fishing from the docks is permitted, and it is a good spot due to the placid waters. Since most of the action is focused on the marina, there's a good bet that the beach will be emptier than other locations in the park. The shore is a bit pebbly, but it is still a good spot to spread out a blanket and swim. Those averse to swimming in seaweed might have a bit more of a challenging time, though. Anywhere along Cornet Bay makes for good birdwatching, from seabirds to great blue herons to the smaller songbirds that spend time in the trees lining the cove.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Pros

Easy access for boats. Not many swimmers.

Cons

Seaweed. Noise from boats. Cold water.

Address

W Cornet Bay Rd
160
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
United States

Features

Crabbing
Fishing
Marina
Wildlife
Wildlife

Location

Field Guide

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