Lake Whatcom, Bellingham
Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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 Basin 2, the Geneva Basin, is the central basin where the drinking water for the city of Bellingham is withdrawn.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.Add Lake Whatcom and other attractions to your Bellingham trip itinerary using our Bellingham trip itinerary builder.
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We enjoyed the beach at Lake Whatcom. We drove around a portion of the lake and loved the scenery. Homes are very pretty and the lake is enormous.
The lake provides a lovely setting for a ride or drive in a mobile cage along its shore. Not typical of mountain lakes in shape and that is refreshing.
My husband and I are middle aged, novice bike riders but we rented bikes in Bellingham, stuffed the in the back of our SUV and drove out to the trail at Whatscom Lake (the Hertz trail, I think it is, ... read more »
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