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Michael McFarlane

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Headquarters
3373 Mount Baker Highway
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 733-2900

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation
View of Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake Community Forest

The idea for the Canyon Lake Community Forest developed in 1993 with the discovery of an exceptional old growth forest in this watershed. The $3.7 million funding to purchase the forest came from an anonymous donor, the Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation, the Whatcom County Conservation Futures Fund, and many community donations. Cooperative efforts of the Whatcom Land Trust, Western Washington University and Whatcom County Parks & Recreation preserved this 2,300 acre community forest for the future.

Canyon Lake has diverse hiking opportunities:

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake Creek Community Forest is managed as a nature reserve. The park is an excellent place to view owls, bears, cougars, and the diminutive pica. In order to protect wildlife and enhance wildlife viewing, pets, livestock, and bikes are not allowed.

Canyon Lake BridgeFireweedFossilView of Mt. BakerWaterfall
Click on thumbnails to view larger images.

Storm Damage Notice:

The access road to Canyon Lake Community Forest, owned by Sierra Pacific, was washed out in several places by the January 2009 storm. The road is closed at the gate, requiring a 5.7 mile hike to the trail heads.

For more information you can contact our Parks & Recreation Main Office from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday at:
Lead Ranger: Erika Miranda
Phone: 360.599.2776
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Go east on Mt. Baker Highway. After milepost 16, turn right on Mosquito Lake Road. Go 1.6 miles and turn left onto Canyon Lake Road. Follow signs and arrows on graveled access / logging road for 6.7 miles to parking lot and the lake.

Map to the Park pdf