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Favorite places to cool off in Whatcom County

Kids enjoy the spray park at Fairhaven Park in Bellingham during the warm weather Monday, June 30, 2014. The spray park is open daily from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 7.
Kids enjoy the spray park at Fairhaven Park in Bellingham during the warm weather Monday, June 30, 2014. The spray park is open daily from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 7. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

It is no secret that one of Whatcom County's most valuable resources is an abundance of places for families to hop in the water and splash around. And with air temperatures hitting the season's hottest late in the season, it's a great time to enjoy local beaches, lakes and pools.

Here are some favorite places to splash in the sunshine:

BIRCH BAY WATER SLIDES

4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Blaine; 360-371-7500.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; open daily until Sept. 1

Concession stand has full menu available.

Cost: Single-day pass for ages 3 to 5 and seniors (60-plus): $12.95; Single-day pass for ages 6 and older: $19.95; Single-day pass for senior viewer (60-plus): $5.

LAKE PADDEN

Like most outdoor swim areas, the beach is not monitored by a life guard, so parents need to supervise their kids while they're in the water.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Location: 4882 Samish Way.

SILVER LAKE PARK

This county park is located off of Mount Baker Highway and just south of the Canadian border.

Visitors can rent canoes, pedal boats, and rowboats on the lake by the hour or the day.

Directions: The park is located just north of Maple Falls. From Interstate 5, take the exit to Sunset Drive (255), turn east onto Sunset Drive. Sunset turns into Mount Baker Highway. Continue past Kendall and turn left onto Silver Lake Road.

Cost: There is no fee to enter the park for the day.

SPRAY PARKS

Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive North, and Cornwall Park, 3424 Meridian St.

The spray parks uses fresh, potable water, and are open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily until Labor Day.

BLOEDEL DONOVAN PARK

2214 Electric Ave., Bellingham.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

This park offers access to Lake Whatcom for boating and swimming. The unsupervised swimming area is extremely popular on hot summer days, with plenty of kids and teens jumping and splashing around as they cool off in the water.

LIGHTHOUSE MARINE PARK

This park is located on the edge of Point Roberts, Whatcom's small peninsula that hangs below the Canadian border, only accessible by boat or by crossing through the neighboring nation.

Visitors have access to the beach, fishing, boardwalk and can view orca whales from land.

Hours: Park is open for day use from sunrise to sunset.

Directions: Take Interstate 5 north through the border at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine. Drive north on Highway 99 in B.C. for about 18 miles, then take Highway 17 west, then turn left onto 56th Street and follow it to the Point Roberts border crossing. Once in Point Roberts, go straight on Tyee Drive and follow it for about 2.5 miles, past the marina, until you reach Lighthouse Marine Park on the left.

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