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Address: Sudden Valley, Bellingham, WA

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Love this lake

This lake is a beautiful lake to tour on. Also great for waterskiing. I am not a swimmer so lazing in the boat and checking out the beautiful views around are great. Have gone to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 20, 2015
Barb K
Berwyn, Canada
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Berwyn, Canada
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2015

This lake is a beautiful lake to tour on. Also great for waterskiing. I am not a swimmer so lazing in the boat and checking out the beautiful views around are great. Have gone to north end and picnicked as well as lazed on a floaty.

Thank Barb K
Vancouver, Canada
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138 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

We love coming here. The water is nice to swim in, clean, the lake is safe, and there are a lot of families, a lot of Canadians too. Everyone is super friendly. Reserve a cabin well in advance. If you need to do a stay cation, this is the place. And with nexus, it takes no time to cross the... More 

Thank Shabnam J
Bellingham, Washington
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2015

Best lake in the area. Multiple spots you can park and jump in when the heat gets to you (which is only 8 days out of the year here!) but stunning vistas at evry turn. Enjoy the drive.

Thank Libby L
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 ! !

Thank jimmys299
Bellingham, Washington
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92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 ;) )

Thank Sarah M
Victoria, Canada
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105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank DuncanColumbia
Sedro Woolley, Washington
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75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

4 Thank Michael W
Vancouver, Canada
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136 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 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.

Thank Christopher H
Bellingham, Washington
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank evierm
Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

2 Thank Rainxx

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