Whatcom Magazine

Things to do: Riding the Plover and lake fishing both classic summer fun

Summer’s a time to get out, get active, and explore new places around the county. But be sure to dress for the weather, and you might want to call ahead to check if a special event is happening at these locations.

Bellingham’s newest park

Newly completed improvements at Squalicum Creek Park, which partially reopened in January, are already popular with Bellingham residents.

The park is located between the Birchwood and Columbia neighborhoods, at 1001 Squalicum Way, across from West Street. Features include a new playground with a zipline, a skateboard micro-park for small children, a large picnic shelter that can be reserved, a loop trail, a stair connection to the Bay to Baker Trail, a lighted basketball court, a fenced off-leash dog area with a designated place for shy dogs, a new restroom, paved walkways, expanded lighted parking, benches, and picnic tables.

Details: 360-778-7000, or go to cob.org and search for “ Squalicum Creek Park.”


For horseback riders who love trails, Silver Lake Park offers miles of them, plus a horse camp with 28 sites, two picnic shelters, and two stables.

There’s also fishing, boating, year-round camping, and daytime activities at the Whatcom County park at 9006 Silver Lake Road, near Maple Falls.

Details: 360-733-2900, or go to co.whatcom.wa.us and search for “ Silver Lake Park.”

Historic barn, wooded trails, and more near Lynden

Early Whatcom County homesteaders Hans and Lida Berthusen left a legacy for generations – 20 acres of well-kept, old-growth forest that is home to a majestic restored barn, picnic areas, overnight camping, and miles of flat wooded trails for walking and biking just west of Lynden. Berthusen Park, at 8837 Berthusen Road, is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Details: 360-354-6717, lyndenwa.org.

Ride the Plover Ferry

The historic passenger ferry is a great way to ply the marine waters between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Resort, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Plover was originally built in 1944 to transport workers back and forth between Blaine and the former APA salmon cannery on Semiahmoo Spit.

Details: 360-332-5742 or 360-332-4544, or go to draytonharbormaritime.org.


From Lake Samish to the south, Lake Whatcom to the east and Lake Padden in the middle, the Bellingham area is an ideal spot for lake fishers. The three lakes feature kokanee, cutthroat and largemouth bass, to name a few. Check boat and fishing license regulations before setting your bait.

• Lake Samish: Fishing year-round, with kokanee, largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and cutthroat trout. Fishing best in early-June and September.

Details: 360-733-2900, or Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, 360- 902-2700.


Lake Padden

: Season runs early April through October, with rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout. Boat launch, but gas motors are prohibited.

Details: 360-778-8000, or Department of Fish & Wildlife, 360- 902-2700.

• Lake Whatcom: Season runs early April through October, with kokanee, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and yellow perch.

Details: 360-778-8000, or Department of Fish & Wildlife, 360- 902-2700.