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Lake Whatcom

Sudden Valley, Bellingham, WA
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Ranked #17 of 32 Attractions in Bellingham
Type: Bodies of Water
Most recent review
- Aug 15, 2014
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Bellingham, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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Santa Fe
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89 reviews 89 reviews
22 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This lake is, from what I could see, totally surrounded by private residences so I'm not sure what the point of visiting it would really be. I have also heard questions about the potability of the water.

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Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Lake Whatcom is a lovely moderate-to-large lake for taking a lakeside drive. It has microclimates which can have to you sunshine at mile one and mistly clouds at mile 5 -- you never know. It's proximity to Bellingham make it easy access.

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Carlsbad, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We had a great barbecue - some members rented equipment - kayaks etc. We brought our food and grill and fixed it outside the boat house. The shower and toilet room was nice and warm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Lake Whatcom is a wonderful freshwater lake, accessible from the Bloedel Donovan Park - launch boats or swim.

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