Lake Whatcom is a vital resource, providing drinking water, recreation and wildlife habitat to our community. The City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District formed the Lake Whatcom Management Program in 1998 to coordinate programs and projects that restore, protect and preserve Lake Whatcom and its surrounding watershed.
Lake Whatcom Watershed Work Window Closes
September 30th is the last day of the work window for ground disturbing activities in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Ground disturbing activities include clearing vegetation, adding topsoil or fill, and other activities that move or expose soil. Special regulations apply to prevent erosion during the rainy season from October 1st to May 31st. Dirty water flowing into Lake Whatcom adds phosphorus, harming water quality and aquatic life. Learn more:
Thank you for timing your work to prevent erosion!
Posted September 18, 2023
Walk and read the Lake Whatcom self-guided hike as part of Whatcom Water Week 2023!
As part of Whatcom Water Week, which runs from September 9th to the 17th, the Lake Whatcom Management Program is hosting a self-guided hike on the Railroad trail by Bloedel Donovan Park. Walk the Railroad Trail and learn the history of Lake Whatcom and the current challenges the lake faces. This nature walk is great for kids, families, or anyone who wants to learn more about Lake Whatcom. The hike begins at the corner of Electric Avenue and Alabama Street, north of Bloedel Donovan Park and the signs will continue for roughly a mile. Get involved and learn about other events during Whatcom Water Week at https://www.whatcomwin.org/water-week-events
Fires Being Managed in South Lake Whatcom; What to Know
South Bay Boat Launch Closed Aug. 21- Sep. 30
The South Bay boat launch will be closed from August 21 through September 30, 2023 for redevelopment. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will construct a new concrete boat launch, dock, vault toilet, pave the parking lot and create parking stalls. More information on the project and closure is available at the WDFW Lake Whatcom webpage.
Posted July 10, 2023