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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Facilities and Shelters
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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 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.

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  1. Whatcom County Parks Opening Day of Reservations

    Camping and cabin reservations for Silver Lake Park in 2021 will open to the public on December 1st 2020 at 9am. Reservations for Group Camp at Silver Lake, all Lighthouse Marine Park and all facility and shelter reservations will remain closed. Read on...
  2. Silver Lake Park Dry Hydrant Construction and Temporary Boat Launch Closure

    The boat launch at Silver Lake Park will be closed September 28, 2020 through October 9, 2020 during construction of a new dry hydrant in the vicinity of the boat launch. Additional Info...
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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.