Photo by L. Nicksic, 2012


Lake Whatcom is a point of pride for city and county residents alike. Its stunning wildlife and scenery, recreational amenities and supply of drinking water inspire residents to do all they can do to steward this invaluable resource. The purpose of this guidebook is to provide you with the information and resources you need to protect water quality and watershed health. Topics include invasive species, lake recreation, yard work, waste disposal, trail recreation and more. Whether you recently moved to the Lake Whatcom watershed or it is your lifelong home, we hope this guidebook serves as a useful reference for many years to come.

Lake Whatcom watershed

Watershed and lake facts

Lake Whatcom is a special place

Snapshots in time

Lake Whatcom faces significant challenges

Our government is protecting the lake

You play a crucial role in helping the lake