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Address: Sudden Valley, Bellingham, WA

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Take the slow route

Beautiful lake. There are two exits off I-5 that you could take. We drove from one exit to the other one, and did it again with a stop at the small regional park.. The regional... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
DuncanColumbia
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Victoria, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Lake Whatcom is a HUGE Lake ! ! Several miles long and VERY deep. The lake has many public and private boat launches. The water is VERY CLEAN and is the main water source for the City of Bellingham. Water ski, fish, or jet ski it has it all. Everyone must come try this Lake out ! !

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Bellingham, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We had the pleasure of staying in a homeaway with a Lake Whatcom view. It's a beautiful lake, and I recommend you take a drive around it. Just cruise with the windows down if you can and take in the scenery (without crashing into a pole, please ;) )

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Victoria, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Beautiful lake. There are two exits off I-5 that you could take. We drove from one exit to the other one, and did it again with a stop at the small regional park.. The regional park has toilets and it is easy to park at.

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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

As the water source for a city fast approaching 100,000, the lake extends from the eastern edge of Bellingham, which sits on the Salish Sea, and extends 12 miles into the Cascade foothills. The eastern end of the lake is crowded and overbuilt, and the southern end is more rural with great views of the Cascade range to the east.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Lake Whatcom is a great place to visit your-round. Summer is obviously about boating, swimming, fishing and beaches. Spring and fall offer some great quiet kayak trips. There are some great hiking trails around parts of the lake and a great golf Course at Sudden Valley.

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Bellingham, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

What can I say. It is beautiful from the Northshore, gorgeous from the Southshore and superb from in-between. Bloedell Park is great too. The water is so peaceful and the surrounding scenery is great all year long.

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A very clean lake with occasional views of Mt. Baker. If you’re a WWU student be sure to rent cheap kayaks for $4 each from the Lakewood Boathouse. Definitely the best way to experience the lake!

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Bellingham, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Lake Whatcom is larger than it looks and the boat launch at Bloedel-Donovan Park is convenient and easily accessible - just get there early on a sunny day!

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Bellingham, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Plenty of free parking, Lake is cold but feels good on a hot day. Restrooms available, some snacks for sale. Lovely on a warm summer day. Forget the fall, winter and spring. Lake get choppy in the wind. Swim only at Bloedel Donavon Park. No life guards.

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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40 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We boated out all day with hardly any other boats. There is an inspection necessary though and it will cost you a fee to go on it. There are several paddlers and kayaks everywhere so you need to go to the far end of the lake to be able to boat without fear of hitting these guys.

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