Nooksack Falls, Bellingham

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Nooksack Falls is a waterfall along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County, Washington. The water flows through a narrow valley and drops freely 88 feet into a deep rocky river canyon. The falls are viewable from the forested cover near the cliffs edge. The falls are a short 2/3 of a mile drive off the Mount Baker Highway, Washington State Highway 542. The falls were featured in the hunting scene of the movie The Deer Hunter.HistoryThroughout the late 19th century, there were significant mineral discoveries being made in eastern Whatcom County and in particular the Nooksack Falls region. The richest and most significant strike was the Lone Jack Claim of 1897. Before the mine closed in 1924, approximately $500,000 worth of gold was excavated. Due to the success of the Lone Jack Claim, the area became known as the Mount Baker Mining District and produced over 5,000 claims between 1890 and 1937. One of the claims, known as the Great Excelsior Mine was located ten miles southwest of the Lone Jack Mine and only one mile from the Nooksack Falls Powerplant. In 1902, the Excelsior Claim erected a 20-stamp mill to crush the ore and a water powered turbine provided the power. In 1914, when the Excelsior Mill was rebuilt, a power line was extended from the Nooksack Falls plant to provide electricity to the mill.
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  • Just outside Glacier on the way to the Mount Baker Ski Area is a nice little falls as tributaries of the Nooksack fall into a horseshoe bend in the river. Watch for a sign on the right side of the hig...  more »
  • This is just off the Baker Scenic Hwy between mile markers 40 & 41. You have to exit to another rougher road and drive about a quarter mile or more back. The walk from the small parking lot is short b...  more »
  • We drove from Bellingham to the falls which is about an hour and ten minute drive. The falls are absolutely breathtaking! They are not the easiest to photograph due to the location and the viewpoint o...  more »
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  • This is a spectacular place to stop just a very short drive off the Mount Baker Hwy. A powerful River on one side of the bridge, a magnificent and sheer 100 foot drop with a split waterfall on the other. Please be careful, especially with children and pets...the river is NOT for swimming, and such activity can - and HAS easily lead to a death. A number of young people have died here, attempting to get closer to the falls, don't be one of them.
  • Very pretty area although I was kind of disappointed that you are not allowed to go down to the bottom of the waterfall like showed in a bunch of the pictures I searched online. There is also not a lot of hiking opportunity at that particular location. However the waterfall is still very beautiful so if you happen to be in the area I would suggest stopping by I just wouldn't Center a trip around it
  • Nice park. Falls are nice! Mist cooled us off. Parking is not bad but more garbage cans and picnic tables would be ideal.
  • Beautiful view and easy to reach. Winding single track dirt road going down. Gorgeous area and great stop on the way to Artist Point.
  • Not what I expected. Small, but still pretty
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