A Mysterious Channel
— Welcome to Deception Pass State Park —The swirling waters that pass in and out of the narrow channels between Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island have captivated visitors to this area for thousands of years. Salish Native American tribes were the first human inhabitants of these islands and navigated the waters in cedar canoes as they traveled westward to the San Juans to fish. The first European explorers to chart the islands in the late 1700s mistakenly assumed Whidbey and Fidalgo to be part of the mainland and thought the powerful currents flowing between them indicated a mighty river to the east. Captain George Vancouver realized this mistake and coined the name "Deception Pass" on the 10th of June in 1792 as he explored the Northwest Passage.
|Placed By||Deception Pass Park Foundation, Deception Pass State Park, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:30am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10U E 526114 N 5361918|
|Decimal Degrees||48.40988333, -122.64711667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 48° 24.593', W 122° 38.827'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||48° 24' 35.58" N, 122° 38' 49.62" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1301-1305 4th St, Anacortes WA 98221, US|
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