Larrabee State Park, Bellingham
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.To visit Larrabee State Park on your holiday in Bellingham, and find out what else Bellingham has to offer, use our Bellingham vacation planner.
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this is an interesting spot for inter tidal pools depending on the tide when you're there. Great views, great picture taking spots.
The steady climb on the Fragrance Lake trail is worthwhile. The tranquil lake and wooded surroundings made us forget we live in an urban area. We like that the trailhead was close to the Larabee State... read more »
I visit and hike national, state and county parks in Washington State in Skagit, Chelan and Whatcom counties. I am nearly always completely satisfied with trail quality and markings. Larrabee State Pa... read more »
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.
Had a wonderful camping experience at Larrabee this past weekend (August 26-28). The location can't be beat - right on the water with beautiful views of Samish Bay and the islands beyond, and the campsites themselves are nestled among the tall trees. Campground was full for the weekend, but the bathrooms were in pristine condition and trash was removed frequently. All the rangers we encountered were incredibly friendly and helpful. While you're there, don't miss the hike up to Fragrance Lake, or at least the viewpoint about halfway up.
Amazing resource just south of Bellingham. Beach access, tide pools on low tides (check the tide tables to plan your arrival just before the peak low if you wanna poke sea creatures), and plenty of hiking. There's even an outdoor stage/ theater area. Haven't seen it used yet, but it's there!
One of the very best WA state parks. Plus, you get to drive on Chuckanut Drive, a classic scenic view road. It turns out there are many more trails and areas to the park other than the well-known Clayton Beach. I discovered some very nice little hidden coves and a bluff trail I didn't know about before.
- overpriced ($25) for cramped sites with little privacy - coin operated showers (hence the price?) - noisy!!! Freight trains roll through the park multiple times per night. if we'd brought earplugs or been in an RV maybe it would've been fine. - it is a mere 30 minutes from Bellingham, which is why we camped here at all
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