Parks & Recreation

Whatcom County Parks has something for everyone.

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.

Silver Lake Park 2019 Maple Creek Campground Improvement Project Information

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Survey

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Parks & Recreation Commission

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Commission currently has two vacancies; District 1 and District 4. 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.


Whatcom County Parks and Recreation has something for everyone:

  • Explore county parks ocean side to mountain peaks
  • Find the perfect campsite 
  • Take the family on a picnic
  • Discover beach creatures
  • Spend the night in a lakeside rustic cabin 
  • Hike to a mountain top
  • Touch history 
  • Watch bald eagles soar
  1. What's New
  2. Frequently Asked
  1. Construction Notice – Silver Lake Park

    Starting January 2019 Whatcom County Parks & Recreation will begin reconstruction of the Maple Creek Campground at Silver Lake Park. The construction project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2019. Maple Creek Campground will be closed Read on...
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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.