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February 2020
What!  Spring in January and February!
 by Bob Jepperson

When the birds sing and the flowers bloom, we know it’s springtime, the season when our wild neighbors reproduce.  That’s what we generally think, but today, as I write this in late January, a few species are already treating us to the sounds and sights of courtship. Let me give you two examples. more

The State of the Park Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 26th, at the Rosario Beach Marine Labs.  The event was well attended by park neighbors and friends, and included sign ups, door prizes, learning about the foundation priorities, interpretive programs, and the vast responsibilities of Park Rangers. In addition, there was an array of delightful refreshments. For many of us, the most touching moment was when Jason Armstrong, Park Manager, honored Ranger Truly McCone with awards for saving two peoples’ lives last year.

Thank you again to the volunteers who assisted with setup and cleanup and to Walla Walla University, Dave and Doug for use of their facility and all of their help. 
An Eye on the Pass….HOW TO FUND A BRIDGE

In 1907, a local mariner and legislator named Captain George Morse pushed a bill through the state assembly that called for building bridges over Deception and Canoe passes, linking Whidbey Island with Fidalgo Island and the mainland.  A year later, site studies were completed and Morse secured $20,000 from the legislature for building bridge approaches.  His dreams faded as the state established different spending priorities and spent the money on other projects. more.

On March 29, we are hosting a new event, Swing the Gates 5K Run/Walk, hoping to inspire public connection, promote appreciation of the myriad of park resources, encourage healthy lifestyles, and raise money for educational programs.  Swing the Gates, 5k Run/Walk will take place just before the campgrounds open and is a rare chance for runners/walkers to visit the campground before anyone else. 
Date: March 29th at East Cranberry Lake Shelter, Deception Pass State Park
Start Time: 10am

Click here for more information and links to register.

Rig your poles, let’s go fishin’!

On April 18th, Deception Pass Park Foundation is hosting a new recreational event inspired by an age-old tradition for opening day. 
Keepin’ it Reel is more than a competition, but a family event. We hope to provide a chance to explore local resources, enjoy refreshments and socialize with members of local stewardship organizations. There will be other opportunities and activities planned the day of the event which we hope will create lasting memories and a new family traditions.

When: April 18th at the West Beach Shelter, Deception Pass State Park
Time: 9am-1pm. Winners announced at 1:30pm

For more information and to register,
please click here.

To learn more about WDFW fishing regulations and to get a license, please click here. 

Electric motor boats are welcome and all boats are subject to inspection before entering Cranberry Lake.

Hello Beach Naturalists,
As many of you are probably already aware we some new and exciting changes planned for the Beach Naturalist Program this year.
To learn more about these changes, we would like to invite all of you to join us on March 14th, 10am at the West Beach Shelter within the park for an informational meeting. During this meeting we plan to discuss the program changes and signup volunteers for trainings.
If you are unable to make this meeting and are interesting in volunteering with us again this year, please let contact Joy Kacoroski, Park Interpretive soon as possible.
Hello Volunteers,

Looking for ways to escape the winter doldrums? There are several ways for you to volunteer at the park this winter and moving into spring.  Click here to find out more about:
Saltwater Beavers: Engineers in the Tidal Marsh: Dr. W. Gregory Hood, senior research scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative, will discuss how beavers are thriving in tidal marshes from Alaska to Oregon. These resourceful critters are constructing valuable low-tide habitats that protect juvenile salmon and other small fish. Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Northwest Ed. Services District Bldg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes, WA.  7:00pm – 8:30pm. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Lectures are free and open to all ages. (Donations are welcome).  For more information about this and other upcoming Lecture Series topics please visit

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41020 State Route 20, Oak Harbor WA 98277

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