Lake Padden Park, Bellingham

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Lake Padden is a lake located in Bellingham, Washington, United States. The park is popular during the spring and summer, and features numerous picnic areas as well as playgrounds. There are also numerous trails located around the lake and throughout the surrounding forest that are used for hiking and biking. A public golf course is located along the eastern shore. A significant piece of geography besides the lake itself is a 1000-foot ridge that separates the lake from I-5 to the south.
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  • I live about 60 miles south of Lake Padden and never been here before until yesterday. All I have to say is I wish that I had gone sooner. I was a bit skeptical of the crowds before going because I we...  more »
  • Lake Padden is a beautiful place to relax and play. There is ample parking throughout, and a nice playground for small children. There is also a nice walking path around the lake, with picnic tables p...  more »
  • Lake padden is beautiful but, people do not leash their dogs consistently. The main loop around the lake requires dogs to remain leashed by law. Signs are posted throughout the park as a reminder to d...  more »
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  • Lake Padden is a beautiful, quiet place to take a walk and be with nature. There are several trails to choose from, some of which are off-leash options for those of you with a dog more well-behaved than mine. (Squirrel!) We walked the long trail around the lake and into the hills/forests around the water, and I have to say, it's breathtakingly beautiful and serene. Though one side is near a road (which means road noise and the occasional honking), the rest is quiet and peaceful. Visiting this lake is a must for nature lovers.
  • So lovely. Walked entire circle and saw so much diversity in landscape. The hardwood tree section is where we launched our kayaks and had picnic on shore. The playground is fun and clean. Bathrooms available and covered picnic tables too. The softwood forest section was so magical and fun. Kept looking for gnomes and fairies. Friendly visitors. Diverse ages visitors. Cant wait to go back!
  • It's a great park to go running and take a paddle board on. There are a few areas to launch kayaks and other nonpowered water craft. This park has hidden areas with picnic areas and also more public ones that can be reserved. Has dog park and the trail is dog friendly (if kept on a leash). Finally, the gravel trails connect to mountain biking/ hiking trails that are pretty well maintained.
  • Like many have said before, this place is awesome. (For kids too!). The playground and recreation fields are very nice. Doing a loop around the lake is very relaxing - just something about the still waters and beautiful landscape backdrops. Kayaking is fairly popular here as well, with on site kayaks available for (rental?) - I'm not sure. If you're into a small hike, there is one that takes you into the ridge, past the highway and into a fairly bug forest. Very relaxing and the nature watch is nice. At a slow to moderate pace, the hike could be completed in an 1-1.5 hours or so. Parking is a little odd, as their are many different areas to leave your car - some spaces unmarked. Bathrooms on site, not the cleanest but when you gotta go, you gotta go. Check it out when you get the chance! :)
  • Lots of picnic tables and benches. Wonderful walk around the lake(2 1/2 miles). Need more parking though
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