This narrow band of water separates the north end of Whidbey Island
from the mainland. The Deception Pass Bridge is a well-known feat of engineering joining Fidalgo and Whidbey islands. Pullouts at either end of the bridge and on Pass Island in the middle provide opportunities for visitors to leave their cars to enjoy the view.
The name "Deception Pass" is derived from Captain Vancouver's realization that what he had mistaken for a peninsula was actually an island. The captain named the inlet at which he was anchored to commemorate the error.