Exploring the Water's Edge at Joseph Whidbey

Joseph Whidbey State Park, like the island itself, is named for Joseph Whidbey. Whidbey was the sailing master for Captain George Vancouver’s exploration of the Pacific Northwest. While exploring Puget Sound, Whidbey led the team that mapped the shoreline between the mainland and the island. However, it wasn’t until later as they sailed up the western shore that Whidbey and Vancouver realized it was an island when they discovered a passage with difficult to navigate waters. Vancouver named the island in Whidbey’s honor and the passage Deception Pass. Come to Joseph Whidbey State Park and explore the shores of Whidbey Island yourself! Note: Joseph Whidbey State Park is open seasonally from April 1-September 30. The main parking lot and facilities are closed from October 1-March 31. However, there is access to the park year-round from county parking lots off Crosby Road on the eastern edge of the park and West Beach Road on the southwest corner of the park. Note: A Discover Pass will be needed to park.


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