Lake Whatcom, Bellingham

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Lake Whatcom is located in Whatcom County, Washington. It is the drinking water source for approximately 85,000 residents in the City of Bellingham as well as Whatcom County. It is approximately 10 miles total in length and 1 mile in width at its widest. Lake Whatcom is located and managed within three political jurisdictions: the City Of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District. The lake is a popular area for motor boating, swimming, fishing, and other recreational activities.The lake is divided into three basins. Basin 1, the Silver Beach Basin, is the furthest north, and has a maximum depth of 100 feet . Land use in Basin 1 is primarily residential development, with one large park and several small parks. Basin 2, the Geneva Basin, is the central basin where the drinking water for the city of Bellingham is withdrawn. This basin is the shallowest, with a maximum depth of just 40–60 feet . Land use is primarily residential with a mix of lake protection program properties and some rural forestry. Basin 3 is the southernmost basin, and is the most remote. At its greatest depth basin 3 is 328 feet deep, and is estimated to contain 96% of the lake's total water volume. Land use in Basin 3 is composed of scattered residential development, mostly in the community of Sudden Valley, as well as rural and commercial forestry. The total area of the Lake Whatcom Watershed is 142 square kilometers .There are nine annual streams and approximately 25 additional small creeks and tributaries that flow into Lake Whatcom. Accounting for 23 sub-watersheds in all. Lake Whatcom drains into Bellingham Bay by way of Whatcom Creek.
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  • Love a quiet walk along the North Shore of Lake Whatcom - good for biking, walking, or running - all ages accommodated and accessibility route available.  more »
  • Love this lake, 9 miles long and 1 mile wide, up to 360’ deep! Cold and difficult to stay in except for August. Great fishing for Kokanee, Bass and Perch. Some brown trout. Bald eagles abound. Beautif...  more »
  • The lake is large and there are points along the road where you can view some of it as you drive, but there is really no easy place to stop and relax along the entire west side. Perhaps the eastern sh...  more »
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  • 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 ;) )
  • I love this Lake and it's warm and clear water! Found this place about a week ago! Glad I have somewhere to relax and enjoy the sun!
  • Beautiful large lake with park swimming area , food shack great walking trails to the falls
  • The hike to the lake was amazing until I got sprayed by a rabid skunk that ate my lunch...... however me being the optimistic person I am said it’s ok bc then girls will stay away from my stench( I am in a relationship) so I continued on the rocky Terain in through the pit of cobras and under the cave of many souls and just when I thought it was over and I had reached lost lake of 1,000 graves a spider monkey fell from space and crawled up my leg and layed a golden egg full of latex. But it was ok bc we became amazing friend and I introduced the spider monkey which I named to my birthday... unfortunately he was a fake friend and sold my children to the Arabians.... it’s ok I hated them anyways but he ate my goldfish so 1 out of 10 stars
  • Not enough air. Hard to breathe.
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