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 large park with picnic tables, a playground, dog park and my favorite park a 2.6 mile easy walking trail that will take you all around the lake. the views are nice and the trail is well main...  more »
  • Beautiful state park off of the Chuckanut Byway. It was a pretty drive on the way up here from La Conner. The park itself has a few different entrances and trails you can check out. We stopped at two ...  more »
  • We stopped here with my brother who lives in the area. It is a quick walk down to the beach. The views are amazing and the scenery is worth every moment. Make a stop here it is perfect even if you onl...  more »

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