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Larrabee State Park, Bellingham

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Larrabee State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on Samish Bay, six miles south of the city of Bellingham, Washington. The 2683acre state park offers fishing, boating, and camping as well as mountain trails for hiking and biking. It is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.HistoryThe park became Washington's first state park after Bellingham businessman Charles Larrabee donated 20 acres of land to the state in 1914. Following Larrabee's death later that year, his widow saw the transfer through to completion and the park was formalized in 1915. Initially called Chuckanut State Park, the park's name was changed to Larrabee in 1923. The Larrabee family donated another 1500 acres in 1937, with neighboring landowners making additional contributions.Activities and amenitiesThe park features a short walk down to a pebble beach with views onto Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. For longer excursions, there are 13 miles of biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. Picnicking, boating, saltwater fishing, sailboarding, and beachcombing are among the other recreational options. Two mountain lakes, Fragrance Lake and Lost Lake, offer freshwater fishing for hikers.
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  • This is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. I first visited this park in 1980 while attending Western Washington University. It's quiet and peaceful and a good place to relax. Over the years it ...  more »
  • I have biked from home to there and back several times. The park has some nice trails. This is what makes living in Bellingham great! 
  • I should start off by saying that I hike regularly; like six out of seven days of the week and I try to climb hills to get those calories burned off. We were visiting family and need to get some fresh...  more »
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  • Wonderful for hiking and being on the shoreline. Clayton Beach is outstanding. The Rock Trail is a wonderful short hike that goes directly down the face of a cliff (on stairs) and the view of both the San Juan Islands and Mt Baker are spectacular from the top of Chuckanut Mountain.
  • This is the coolest drive to take! If you have the opportunity to do it please do. Be sure to leave extra time so you can stop at all the stops and explore a little. I make the Chuckanut Drive every time I am in the area!
  • great place for a casual stroll. I wouldn't book a campground unless you really like the sound of trains. Great hiking and mountainbiking nearby. Great walks along the sound.
  • The photo was taken at the boat launch. Its a great place to go at low tide. You can find tidal pools, clams, crabs, muscles, oysters, mollusks, and fish. Beautiful scenery and lots of fun. Wear waterproof shoes and go climbing.
  • Great spot for a weekend getaway! We always have a wonderful time backpacking in for a night at Pine and Cedar Lakes. The ridge is also a great casual hike and viewpoint.