Fort Whitma was built turn of the century, then abandoned after the 2nd world war. The concrete pits, for the large guns still exist.

There are several parks in Skagit bay, (see skagit-bay-parks.jpg) and on the other side of Deception Pass Bridge  is Deception pass State park, and Bowman bay (see Chart). In Bowman bay you will find 6 state buoys, boat launch, rest rooms and a large free floating dock in the south west corner, of Bowman bay. In 2003 the Skagit boat club met at this dock

To Get There:

Turn west of I-5 Burlington exit 230, on highway 20.
Turn south at LaConner Whitney road and that will take you to LaConner.
There are signs that will lead you to the public boat launch on Sherman street, under the Rainbow bridge.

Once You Are On The Water:

After you launch, head south in the swinomish channel. Best to stay dead center between the red and green bouys until you are in deep water, in Skagit Bay. (see skagit-bay-nav-chart.jpg) You will pass Goat Island, in the channel, where Fort Whitman is located