Wiser Lake HAB Project

Picture of algae bloom at lake Whatcom

Algae Bloom at Wiser Lake

Wiser lake is located three miles south of Lynden. It is a 116-acre, shallow lake with a maximum depth of 10 feet. The Wiser Lake watershed is primarily used for agriculture and residential development. 

Upcoming Event: Wiser Lake Harmful Algae Bloom Info Session


Join WCHCS Environmental Health for the Wiser Lake Harmful Algae Bloom Info Session Thursday, September 21 6-7:30 pm at Ten Mile Grange (6950 Hannegan Rd, Lynden, WA 9826).

Chronic harmful algae blooms (HABs) have been an issue on Wiser Lake for over a decade. In 2022 Whatcom County Health and Community Services (WCHCS) received grant funding to study the lake and learn about the main causes of HABs. This info session will be an opportunity to learn about HAB basics, the WCHCS project and ask our staff any questions. Come learn about the work Whatcom County Health and Community Services is doing on Wiser Lake.

If you have Questions? Contact WCHCS Environmental Health at 360-778-6000 or [email protected].

Recreational Opportunities

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Lake access

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) maintains a public boat launch on the north side of the lake. WDFW has more information about fishing opportunities on Wiser Lake.

Harmful Algae Blooms on Wiser Lake

Whatcom County Health and Community Services (WCHCS) has been collecting cyanobacteria samples on Wiser Lake since the early 2000’s, in response to public concerns about algae blooms. The sampling results show a consistent presence of toxin concentrations that were above the Washington State Department of Health recreational guidance values

In order to address this issue, WCHCS received a grant from the Department of Ecology in 2022 to study Wiser Lake and find the source of nutrient inputs. This involves collecting monitoring data pertaining to water and sediment quality, waterfowl use, and stream hydrology. Monitoring will last from May 2023 through April 2024. The next phase of the project will be data analysis and developing a set of recommendations.

Watershed Map

an aerial view of the Lake Whatcom Watershed

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  1. Go the Wiser Lake Updates Notify Me link and enter your e-mail address and/or phone number at the top of the page. 
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  1. Public Meeting Planned to Discuss Wiser Lake Algae Blooms

    Whatcom County Health and Community Services (WCHCS) invites the public to attend the Wiser Lake Harmful Algae Bloom Informational Session, which will take place on September 21 at Ten Mile Grange, located at 6950 Hannegan Rd, Lynden, WA. Learn more
  2. People, Pets Should Avoid Contact with Wiser Lake Water; Microcystin Biotoxin Found at High Levels

    Recent sampling at Wiser Lake detected microcystin, a toxin produced by algae, at levels that may be harmful to people and pets if it is ingested. People and their pets should avoid water contact at Wiser Lake. Learn more
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Contact Us

Phone: 360-778-6000

Email: [email protected]