On the Water

Photo by S. Michaelson, 2008

For decades, Lake Whatcom Watershed residents have been doing their part to help protect Lake Whatcom for future generations. You can help too by becoming a Lake Whatcom Steward today and remembering to take these simple actions when on the water or engaging in recreational activities in the Watershed.

Aquatic Invasive Species

To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, make it part of your regular boating routine to clean, drain, and dry your boat between launches.

Photo by A. Woodward, 2015

Fish Responsibly

Prevent the depletion of fish stocks. When fishing at Lake Whatcom, please fish responsibly and follow fishing laws like size and bag limits.

Photo by S. Brueske, 2007

Safe Boating

Hundreds of boaters and swimmers can be on Lake Whatcom on a single summer day, so every measure should be taken to prevent accidents and to generally respect other lake users and residents.

Photo by S. Brueske, 2007

Use a Four-Stroke Engine

Carbureted two-stroke engines may discharge up to 20-30 percent of their fuel, unburned, into the air and water. The operation of wo-stroke engines that do not meet the 2006 or newer EPA standards is prohibited on Lake Whatcom.

Photo by L. Thompson, 2015

Boat and Dock Maintenance

Like your car, proper maintenance of your boat and dock is necessary for reducing impacts it can have on Lake Whatcom.

Photo by T. Ward, 2018

Use Public Access Points

Public access points are places where anyone can visit to swim, hike, paddle or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the Lake Whatcom watershed.