We feel most accomplished when, on a summer weekend, we can hit the bay, the lake, and the river. The waterways are Whatcom County’s gift to those who choose to spend time here. Beachcombing, paddling, swimming, and fishing can all be done in a variety of ways.

If you enjoy the saltier side of life, Larrabee State ParkLummi Island, and Birch Bay all offer easy access to the shores of the Puget Sound. You can book a paddleboarding excursion with Wildcat Cove or play in the tidal flats in Birch Bay. The five-minute ride on the Whatcom Chief will have you on quaint little Lummi Island.

If lakes are your thing, Whatcom County has them in spades. The larger of them are Lake Samish and Lake Whatcom, where you can power yourself or hop on a ski boat. Silver Lake and Lake Padden are great for paddling and fishing, with nice trails surrounding them.

The three forks of the Nooksack are where our river life happens. The North Fork of the Nooksack River is the fastest, with whitewater rafting and fishing options. The middle fork is known for its eagle-watching, and the south fork is the calmest of the three making it great for swimming and floating.

If you would like to stay on the water Kings River Cabin is on the Southfork of the Nooksack River. The house on Blue Canyon is on the south end of Lake Whatcom, giving you private access to these pristine waters.