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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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  • I've gone there several times for a short getaway from Bellingham and never been disappointed. It's a short walk down from the parking lot to the beach. Great views of the bay and quiet times that res...  more »
  • Larrabee State Park is where you want to find this hike. They also have Lost Lake hike. The Fragrance Lake is 51/2 mile r/t and is very beautiful. Need your hiking boots! Once you get to the lake, the...  more »
  • A group of us went here for the first time on Mother's Day. It was a fun little park. Explore on the trails out to the water, find sea life on the rocks. Just a great relaxing place to go with friends...  more »

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