Bellingham Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom is located near Bellingham, forming part of the city’s eastern border, and is about 14 miles long. Over 85,000 Whatcom County residents rely on Lake Whatcom for drinking water. Lake Whatcom is also a popular recreational site, used for boating, swimming, fishing, and other activities.

Bloedel Donovan Park
2214 Electric Street
Bellingham, WA 98226

This is a popular destination for swimming and boating, especially in the summer. Bloedel Donovan Park has the lake’s only public boat launch within city limits. The park also offers a soccer field, outdoor basketball court, sand volleyball court, playground, and a pavilion that is host to numerous community events.

2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd
Bellingham, WA 98225

Owned by the Viking Union of WWU, this 4,000-square-foot log facility contains a boat house, meeting lounge, locker rooms, and the manager’s apartment. The site has a sand volleyball court, picnic tables and barbecues, hiking trails, and a Ropes Challenge Course. Watercraft rentals available for WWU and WCC students and faculty.

North Lake Whatcom Park
North Shore Road
Bellingham, WA 98225

Hertz Trail is an easy 3.1 mile one-way. It follows the old Blue Canyon mine railroad grade along the shores of Lake Whatcom. A beautiful trail snuggled tightly between Stewart Mountain and Lake Whatcom. There are very scenic, tranquil spots along the shoreline.