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Michael McFarlane

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

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Fossil at Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake Community Forest -
Lake Loop Trail

Lake Loop Trail is an easy trail that meanders through a mix of second growth and old growth forest on a loop around Canyon Lake. Viewpoints reveal the features of the lake, including the massive landslide that formed the lake, probably as a result of a major earthquake with in the last 200 years. A trailside exhibit features a well-preserved palm frond fossil.


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 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 Canyon Lake Community Forestpdf