Parks & Recreation

Effective Immediately 7/7/21

A Stage 2 Burn Ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including recreational fires.
Propane and charcoal BBQ's are allowed with caution.

Press Release - Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office

Park offices are now open to the public.

Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask in public buildings.

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 & 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.

  1. What's New
  2. Frequently Asked
  1. Lighthouse Marine Park Campground Opening

    Lighthouse Marine Park Campground will be open starting Friday, July 2nd. Reservations can be made starting June 30th at 9am. However, all campsites will be first come / first serve only on July 2nd and 3rd. Read on...
  2. Share Your Opinion with Whatcom County Parks

    We want to hear from you! Please complete our survey to help gather community input on Park, Recreation and Open Space priorities and needs within our community. For more information
  3. Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Stairway Closed

    The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve stairway is closed to the public due to structural damage caused by winter storms. The stairway structure was declared unsafe and closed to the public in February of 2020. View Public Notice
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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.