Lake Whatcom Washington

Beautiful Lake Whatcom, named after a local Nooksack Indian Chief, lies just east of downtown Bellingham, between Bellingham itself and Stewart Mountain to the east. The city of Bellingham gets its water from this huge lake, the biggest in the county, since Ross Lake is technically a reservoir. There are three main basins in Lake Whatcom, the deepest being the most southern, the second deepest being the center basin, and the most shallow, where Bellingham draws its drinking water, the northern basin. Many homes line the shores of Lake Whatcom, from multi-million dollar mansions to the disappearing quaint cabins that used to dot the shoreline in the 1920's. I fondly remember taking my ski-boat out to around the middle of the lake when I had studying to do in one of my WWU the warm times, of course. That also reminds me of the oftentimes that the wind would really kick up. I've encountered some pretty big and nasty waves on Lake Whatcom: From short choppy waves to long rollers coming in from the south. I used to sail on the lake when I had my sailboat, catching great cross-winds between Sudden Valley to the west and the end of Northshore Drive to the east, towards Towonda.

There's a nice trail that goes for several miles on Lake Whatcom's eastern shore. The trailhead is at the southern end of Northshore Drive, at the county park. A word to the wise: Stow all valuables or take them with you. There's the occasional car break in at the trailhead. Dogs are allowed on leash. The trail is pretty level, and be ready for great views along the way.

Bloedel Donovan Park is located at the northwest end of Lake Whatcom. On warm summer days Bloedel Donovan park is chock full of people enjoying the best of summer fun at the lake. There's good boat launching facilities here...long ramps and well paved...with docks. There is another boat launching spot on the lake, at the southwest end of the lake near the firestation off South Bay Drive. This one is bare bones basic, but it works. I'd recommend a four wheel drive rig, since the gravel is soft.

I've sold plenty of nice homes on Lake Whatcom...and as of this writing the available home's prices range from$509,000 (shared waterfront) to $3,200,000 (private and right on the lake). The availability of Lake Whatcom waterfront homes for sale increases as we get closer to spring and summer. Peak sales periods of Lake Whatcom homes for sale is around May to June, historically. It appears as if the recent local downturn in prices for homes available on Lake Whatcom hasn't had that much of a negative effect on Lake Whatcom Homes prices. Prices for Lake Whatcom homes for sale appear to be much less expensive along the southern end of Lake Whatcom...while the most desirable homes for sale on Lake Whatcom are those facing west, along Northshore Drive. Low bank, western exposure Lake Whatcom waterfront homes and land are as good as it gets!

The bass in Lake Whatcom have some issues with mercury...yeah, even here...but the anadromous fish present such as Kokanaee, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout appear to be toxin free. There's good fishing here. The schools of Kokanee bite in bunches. And I've nailed some big rainbows here too. Lake Whatcom is open year-round for those brave enough to fight the frigid temps...although the bite isn't as good as when the water warms up.

Have fun swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding...even scuba-diving if you're so inclined. Lake Whatcom is a wonderful place to recreate!

And please, if you live on the lake, try not to use phosphates in your cleaning detergents (if you live anywhere for that matter) and keep the phosphorous away from your yard. There are good alternatives for a weed free, green lawn!

Enjoy Lake Whatcom! A real gem!

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