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Lake Whatcom

Address: Sudden Valley, Bellingham, WA
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Ranked #15 of 27 Attractions in Bellingham
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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23 helpful votes 23 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
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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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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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36 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lake Whatcom has something for everyone. Great boating, exploring and fishing. Very beautiful setting and unique.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Even during the most popular days you can still find places that are not crowded when boating on Lake Whatcom. The lake is very picturesque and much larger than you might think when boating from one end to the other. Lots of recreational opportunities with public beach and swimming area, public boat launch, fishing and more.

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Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This area is absolutely beautiful. While we did not swim we did drive the west and south side of the lake where we were treated to several deer crossings. There are some excellent lodges and campgrounds scattered around the lake and I can imagine how much fun it would be to get out on the water. Worth a visit.

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