State park hosts 2 new activities

Deception Pass State Park is offering two new activities this spring.

The Swing the Gates 5K run/walk is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, March 29, and the Keepin’ it Reel trout derby is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18.

The park is hosting the events “in the hopes to inspire public connection, promote appreciation of the myriad of park resources, inspire healthy lifestyles and raise money for educational programs,” according to Kelsey Maloy, the park’s interpretive naturalist.

Swing the Gates takes place just before the campground opens for the season and gives participants “a rare chance to visit the campground before anyone else,” Maloy said. “We’ve planned a course filled with forest landscapes, breath-taking views, elevation changes and peaceful scenery.”

Check-in is at the East Cranberry Lake Shelter.

The cost is $15 for youth ages 4-11, $25 for adults 12 and up and free for kids under 4. (Kids do not receive T-shirts.)

The fees go up $5 after March 6 and registration ends March 28.

To register, go to

Keepin’ it Reel takes place on Cranberry Lake during the opening weekend of the trout season.

Check-in is 9 a.m. at the West Beach Shelter.

Participants will be split among adult and youth divisions, and prizes will be awarded for the top three fish by weight and for the first to limit (six).

Fish must be weighed in by 1 p.m. to be eligible for one of the prizes, which will be awarded at 1:30.

“Keepin’ It Reel is more than a competition, but a public event,” Maloy said. “We hope to provide a chance to explore some of the local resources, enjoy refreshments and socialize. Among all these activities, we will be offering a fish painting activity.

“Our goal of Keepin’ It Reel is to provide a chance to make lasting memories and a new family tradition, while raising funds for environmental education in the park.”

The fee is $15 for youths 4-11 and $20 for all others. The cost increases $5 after March 31.

To register, go to

Visit the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife website,, to learn more about regulations and licensing.

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

For more information about both the run and the derby, visit or visit the park’s Facebook page.