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Whatcom County Parks

Two Whatcom County parks offer camping — one on a lake, and one by the beach.

Silver Lake Park

Located in the Mount Baker Foothills, Silver Lake Park is accessible from the Mt. Baker Highway and Silver Lake Road. Accommodations here range from standard tent and RV sites to a lakeside lodge and rustic cabins. You can rent rowboats, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at the onsite Silver Lake Day Lodge. 

  • Seasons: Open year-round (facilities limited during winter)
  • Sites: Standard tent sites, RV utility sites, primitive sites, cabins, and group camping available.

Lighthouse Marine Park at Point Roberts

Located in Point Roberts, this park requires two Canadian border crossings each way to access. Those adventurous enough to make the journey will be rewarded with a scenic site near the beach. Wildlife viewing is legendary here — Lighthouse Marine Park is known as one of the best places to view Orca whales from land.

  • Seasons: Open April through October (see website for specific dates)
  • Sites: Standard tent/RV sites and group camping available.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

National Forest land occupies much of the eastern side of Whatcom County and is maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Camping is available at numerous campgrounds at Baker Lake and along Mt. Baker Highway.

Douglas Fir Campground

Located on the North Fork of the Nooksack River near the town of Glacier, this peaceful little campground makes a great basecamp for hiking and exploring off Mt. Baker Highway. Horseshoe Bend trail is right across the highway, and you can easily drive to Artist Point from here. There are, of course, plenty of old growth Douglas Fir trees to keep your campsite well-shaded on hot summer days. Try your hand at trout fishing in the river or simply relax — there are no hookups available, discouraging most RVers.

  • Seasons: Open May through September (see website for specific dates)
  • Sites: Standard tent and RV sites available (no hookups).

Silver Fir Campground

Similar to nearby Douglas Fir Campground in its river and trail access, Silver Fir is located further east on Mt. Baker Highway. This makes it the closest public campground to Artist Point — a great jumping-off point for summer hikes. Enjoy river access and plenty of shade from the forest. Like Douglas Fir Camp, there are no hookups available.

  • Seasons: Open May through September (see website for specific dates)
  • Sites: Standard tent and RV sites available (no hookups).

Larrabee State Park

Historical information

On Oct. 23, 1915, Frances P. Larrabee donated 20 acres of land to the State of Washington that would soon become the state's first state park. The donation had been planned with her late husband, Charles X. Larrabee, a wealthy industrialist and philanthropist, and Governor Ernest Lister. The donated land was envisioned as a scenic park and auto campground to complement the Chuckanut Drive section of the Pacific Highway, which was nearing completion.

Larrabee had been instrumental in the development of Chuckanut Drive. In the late 1890s, he began lobbying the state to fund the conversion of a rustic logging road that ran along the shores of Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay into a scenic highway. In 1909, the first in a series of legislative appropriations for the route came, and in 1913, the road was designated as part of the Pacific Highway, an early north-south route along the Pacific Coast of the United States.

The park was first opened to the public in October of 1915, to coincide with the dedication of Chuckanut Drive. On Nov. 22, 1915, the property officially became the first state park in Washington. Originally known as Chuckanut State Park, the park's name was changed to honor the Larrabee family on February 15, 1923, although Frances insisted that her husband would not have wanted such recognition.

In its early years, the park had limited facilities but quickly grew popular with motorists. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, emergency work relief funding from the Public Works Administration was used to construct the first amenities at the park, including a pair of restrooms still in use in the park's historic day-use area. In 1944, a distinctive bandshell designed by architect Earl E. MacCannell was built.

Frances and her son Charles later donated another 1,500 acres to increase the size of the park, which now stands at more than 2,500 acres.

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Bellinghamsters rejoice: camping season has arrived in Whatcom County. Most seasonal campgrounds are open for use between May and September, just in time for summer. Whether you prefer camping out in the mountains or by the bay, creekside or lakeside, there are sites for everyone in our corner of the northwest.

We’ve rounded up nine of the best car camping spots in Whatcom County, from the Salish Sea to the North Cascades. Picnic tables, fire pits, drinking water, and restrooms are available at all of these recreation areas. Visit each campground’s website for up-to-date reservation and pricing information.

Larrabee State Park

Larabee State Park

As Washington’s first state park, Larrabee celebrated 100 years in 2015. Closer to Bellingham than any other campground, this one is understandably quite popular during summer months. Enjoy the park’s 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline, where views of the islands from a high-rock perch await. Be sure to check out the extensive network of hiking trails — Fragrance Lake trail begins just across Chuckanut Drive. Choose from 51 standard tent sites, 26 utility sites, 8 primitive sites, and a huge group camp. Larrabee State Park is open year-round for camping, though facilities are limited in winter.

Lighthouse Marine Park

Located on Point Roberts, this park requires two border crossings each way to access. Those adventurous enough to make the journey will be rewarded with a scenic site near the beach. Wildlife viewing is legendary here, and Lighthouse Marine Park is known as one of the best places to view Orca whales from land. Thirty tent and RV sites are available, along with group camping areas. Open April 1 through October 31.

Silver Lake Park

Silver Lake Park

Surrounded by Cascade foothills, Silver Lake Park is an outdoor oasis. Camping options are varied and include tent and RV sites, along with a horse camp and group camp. Most campers choose the centrally located Maple Creek area, with its 47 campsites near the lake. There’s a playground for little ones, and a variety of boat rentals are available for paddlers. Consider renting a cabin for the best lakefront views. Open year-round.

Lynden KOA

You can always count on KOA Kampgrounds for a host of amenities, and Lynden KOA is no exception. It features 30 standard sites, 107 RV hookup sites, and 15 comfy cabins. Expect everything from the basics (restrooms, drinking water) to extras including WiFi, a rec hall, swimming pool, mini-golf course, and fishing ponds. Open year-round.

Douglas Fir Campground

Douglas Fir Campground

Set alongside the North Fork of the Nooksack River, this peaceful little campground makes a great basecamp for hiking and exploring off Mount Baker Highway. Horseshoe Bend trail is right across the highway. There are, of course, plenty of old growth Douglas Fir trees to keep your campsite well-shaded on hot summer days. Try your hand at trout fishing in the river or simply relax — there are no hookups available, discouraging most RVers. Approximately 30 sites are available, May 26 – September 26.

Panorama Point Campground

With so many scenic campgrounds at Baker Lake, it’s tough to choose just one. Panorama Point is a favorite due to its exceptional location and impressive views. Check out mounts Baker and Shuksan from your lakeside campsite on a clear day. Trout fishing and recreational boating are popular activities at the lake — bring your boat or rent one to make use of Panorama Point’s ramp. Of the 15 standard sites, nine are reservable. Open May 26 – September 26.

Colonial Creek Campground

Diablo Lake

Camp out in the North Cascades National Park Complex at Colonial Creek. This campground features 142 sites near the shore of bluish-green Diablo Lake. Creekside, Lakeside, and old-growth forest sites are available, with nearby hiking trails, a fishing pier, and a boat launch to keep campers busy. Great for families, Colonial Creek Campground offers ranger programs and activities at the on-site amphitheater during summer. All sites are first come, first served. Open May – September, with a few sites available year-round (sans-services).

Hozomeen Campground

The most remote — and perhaps the most rewarding — campground on our list, Hozomeen is not accessible by road from the US. Hopeful campers must cross into Canada, then back into Whatcom County (just like Lighthouse Marine Park) before tackling an unpaved, 40-mile road to reach Hozomeen. But once you’re there, it’s like backcountry camping out of your car. With 75 free, non-reservable sites to choose from, you’re bound to find a quiet little spot on Ross Lake’s northeast shore. Open May 27 – September 6 with water service, and September 7 – October 31 with no services.

Birch Bay State Park

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Boasting 147 standard sites in its forested campground, Birch Bay is open for camping year-round. There are more than 8,000 feet of saltwater shoreline here, allowing for excellent beach walking and birdwatching opportunities. Attractions include the boat ramp, picnic shelter, basketball court, and nearby golf courses. Reservations are taken May 15 – September 15.


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Lynden / Bellingham KOA

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From I-5 N take Exit 256, Hwy 539, Guide Meridian. Travel 15 miles to Hwy 546, E Badger Rd, turn right. Travel 5 miles, turn right on Line Rd.

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The breathtaking scenery of Washington and Canada surrounds you here, from the San Juan Islands to the drama of 10,778-foot Mount Baker.

The breathtaking scenery of Washington and Canada surrounds you here, from the San Juan Islands to the drama of 10,778-foot Mount Baker. Lynden's windmills and Pioneer Museum reflect our area's Dutch heritage. Explore one of three fishing ponds graced with weeping willows on foot or in one of the paddle boats. If you are not an explorer, you can play a round of 18-hole mini golf or take a dip in the pool. Be sure to visit the Kamper's Den for a cup of espresso, ice cream and more. Gamers - don't forget to check out the arcade room. Campers celebrate with fun events like Mardi Gras, Western Days, s'mores parties, barbecues and themed dances. With a setting and celebrations  like that, no wonder this KOA has been featured in Trailer Life and Sunset magazines as well as GoRVing ads. From October 1 to March 1, washrooms are unavailable. Pool: Victoria Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru: 45 feet. Your hosts: the Martin family.

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  • 50 Max Amp
  • 45' Max Length
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  • Pool (4/16 - 9/30)
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We spent about nine weeks here while our house was being finished. The people are very nice and the campground is kept very clean. There seems to lots to do for the kids during the summer... 10/5/2021

- Gary Hoffman on Google

Beautiful park! Very well maintained with a wide variety of sites ranging from full hook up, water & electricity, to tent. Cabins available too. Friendly & helpful staff. Lots of stuff to explore... 9/17/2021

- George Biggins on Google

If your tent camping make sure to get a site by the pond. The first sites are very dusty. Overall great experience besides being caked in dust. 9/4/2021

- G R on Google

The lady in the office is very nice, the grounds are well kept, the facility is close to town, we had a great time and will be back soon 10/6/2021

Great park! Clean, quiet, friendly, and Wifi that actually works. 9/28/2021

Had a site directly on the lake/pond, was perfect in every way.The staff were very friendly & helpfull. 9/27/2021

Loved it there!! Will be back. Great staff. Peaceful, beautiful surroundings that gave us a happy relaxed experience. Well kept, clean, great location. Highly recommend. 9/22/2021

Clean, quiet, and beautiful. Staff was great and accommodating. Looking forward to returning. 9/22/2021

Great park. Staff was pretty limited as it was the end of busy season, but the ones we did contact were friendly. Park is well maintained. Kids enjoyed all the activities. 9/20/2021

Our brother was checked into our lot when we arrived, which caused some awkward stress as he had to pack back up and move for us. We specifically wanted pull through full hookup, and he had booked by the lake with no sewer. Wireless was really unreliable... 9/19/2021

Very beautiful setting, particularly the old growth cedar trees around the facility, most impressive in the far northwest corner. Good water pressure and electrical service with very welcoming greeter. Large variety of spots available... 9/17/2021

Very nice campground, clean, well run. all the amenities. The weather was pretty rainy, but as far as I know, KOA cant control that! 9/15/2021

We absolutely LOVED our stay and will be back for sure! The Enployees were very kind and helpful and it felt like we were soxfar from home but the reality was we lived 20 mins away. We can not reccomens it enough! 9/14/2021

We just finished our third stay this season and it was as good or better than the first two.The campground is gorgeous, check-in is simple and swift, the ponds are great, and so are the ducks! Sites are well-spaced and clean... 9/14/2021

Very nice and well maintained facilities. I would recommend it for families with children. The only two things that we were expecting based on other KOA experiences is a gas grill ( per cabin ) and the “ signature community kitchen “... 9/14/2021

Lovely camping experience. Thank you 9/13/2021

We loved it. So much for everyone to do. We were grateful the pool was still open for Members weekend. The only two issues were a noisy family after quiet hours and the bathrooms had slow filling toilets so it often seemed that the toilet was clogged. 9/13/2021

I would have given a higher rating but the pool wasn't heated. 9/13/2021

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Lynden's Dutch theme is prevalent in a restored downtown business district and annual festivals celebrating Lynden's Dutch heritage.


Open year-round and features replica early-century Lynden shops, a pioneer farm setting, Indian burial relics, a gun collection, a military room, a 25 foot "History of the World" scroll, old photos, and a basement full of restored vehicles. Information about the Lynden Pioneer Museum is available at their website.


The Lynden Performing Arts Guild offers four plays each year at Queen Juliana Theatre, located in Dutch Village Mall.


Berthusen Park is a natural park of 236 acres with miles of trails through forest lands. It is the original homestead of Hans and Lida Berthusen is located 1 1/2 miles northwest of downtown Lynden. The featured attraction is the Berthusen's 1913 cross-beam barn with antique farm equipment, boat exhibit, and dahlia garden. Families will enjoy short interpretive hiking trails and playgrounds. Also the home of the Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association.


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