Parks & Recreation

Whatcom County Parks COVID-19 Updates

The Park Administrative Office is currently closed to visitors. However, we are happy to assist over the phone or email during our regular business hours.

Phone: (360)778-5850

Please click the link for a full listing of park operational changes.


Our 16,000 acres of natural lands encompasses ocean beaches to mountain peaks. You’ll find challenging mountain bike and hiking trails as well as playgrounds and historic sites. You can rent a small picnic area or a full featured event facility.

Each year we strive to improve our recreational offerings by building new trails, improving campgrounds and facilities, and maintaining Parks properties throughout the system.

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Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Survey

We value your opinion. Please click here to help us improve your experience in Whatcom County Parks. Thank you in advance.

Parks & Recreation Commission

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Commission currently has three vacancies; District 1, District 4, and District-At-Large. This commission serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and the Parks and Recreation Department on matters relating to parks, recreation and senior services.

Please see our vacancies page for more information and application instructions.

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  1. Hertz Trail Temporarily Closed Due to Landslide

    A landslide at Lake Whatcom Park is affecting use of the Hertz Trail. The Hertz Trail is closed to all users near the 1.25-mile trail marker. Whatcom County Parks is assessing the damage and will begin cleaning up the debris in coming days. Read on...
  2. Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Stairway Closed

    The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve stairway is closed to the public due to structural damage caused by winter storms. The stairway structure was declared unsafe and closed to the public in February of 2020. View Public Notice
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Mission Statement
The goal of the Parks and Recreation Department is to enrich the quality of life for the community and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the County through provision of outstanding parks and trails, open space and natural areas, as well as recreational activities and Senior Services.