News & Events
October Lake Whatcom Lowdown Now Available
Bloedel and Samish AIS Check Stations Close for the Season
The final day for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspections and wire seals at Bloedel Donovan and Lake Samish is Thursday, September 28th. The final day for inspections and wire seals at Sudden Valley is Sunday, September 24th. Boat owners are encouraged to have their boats wire sealed, if they do not plan on using it throughout the winter months, to ensure a speedy and efficient start to the 2024 boating season. Please note that launch closure times will vary on available daylight.
If you happen to miss us at the boat launch, don’t worry! Our year round staff are available (starting October 2nd) Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM to meet you at the launch when you retrieve your vessel. Just be sure to call with advance notice.
To find out the most current hours of operation, to schedule an appointment, or to have your vessel wire sealed, please call the AIS Boat Inspection Hotline at: (360) 778-7975.
Our permits for the upcoming 2024 season will arrive sometime in January and our team will be standing by to get boaters updated permits soon after the new year.
Thank you all again and see you in 2024!
Posted September 27, 2023
Lake Whatcom Watershed Work Window Closes
September 30th is the last day of the work window for ground disturbing activities in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Ground disturbing activities include clearing vegetation, adding topsoil or fill, and other activities that move or expose soil. Special regulations apply to prevent erosion during the rainy season from October 1st to May 31st. Dirty water flowing into Lake Whatcom adds phosphorus, harming water quality and aquatic life. Learn more:
Thank you for timing your work to prevent erosion!
Posted September 18, 2023
South Bay Boat Launch Closed Aug. 21- Sep. 30
The South Bay boat launch will be closed from August 21 through September 30, 2023 for redevelopment. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will construct a new concrete boat launch, dock, vault toilet, pave the parking lot and create parking stalls. More information on the project and closure is available at the WDFW Lake Whatcom webpage.
Posted July 10, 2023
Lake Whatcom Boat Launch Closed July 8th, 4am-2pm
The Lake Whatcom Boat Launch station will be closed July 8th from 4am-2pm to accommodate the Lake Whatcom Triathlon. More information about the Lake Whatcom Triathlon can be found here: https://www.lakewhatcomtriathlon.com/.
Reduce Your Phosphorus Use
Excess phosphorus can enter waterways, where it causes algal blooms that lead to depleted oxygen in the water. You can limit the amount by learning environmental-friendly gardening techniques and by using phosphorus-free fertilizers when necessary. The WSU Extension Gardening Green Course is a great place to learn.
Posted: May 12, 2023
Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commissioners Meeting to be held March 29 at 6:30pm
The Lake Whatcom Management Program will host its annual Lake Whatcom Joint Councils and Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in-person and there will also be an on-line option via Zoom. Members of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners will be in attendance. The meeting will be open to the public and aired live on BTV. A public comment period is scheduled for this meeting, and members of the public will be given two minutes to speak each.
Additional meeting resources including the Lake Whatcom Management Program 2020-2024 Work Plan, the 2022 Lake Whatcom Management Program Progress Report, the Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project 2021/2022 Report and other documents can be found by clicking the "read more" button below.
Get $10 Off Your 2023 Annual AIS Boating Permit
During the pandemic, the City of Bellingham offered financial relief for the Whatcom Boat Inspection program by automatically applying a $10 discount to the price of annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) boating permits required to launch on Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish. With the end of the Washington State COVID-19 emergency orders, annual permit costs are reverting to the pre-pandemic price structure. But the AIS boating permit discount is still available. Visit whatcomboatinspections.com, and take the AIS Awareness Course. Complete the test to earn your "AIS Awareness Course Certificate" and a $10 online discount code for your 2023 permit purchase. Thank you for being a responsible steward of our local lakes and preventing the spread of invasive species! We look forward to seeing you on the water in 2023.
Posted January 19th, 2023
Lake Whatcom Policy Group Meeting December 7, 2022
The Lake Whatcom Policy Group will hold a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. This is a public meeting. To attend, location information and link to join online are provided on the meeting agenda.
Posted November 29, 2022
Manage your leaves to protect our water
Attend a Water Week event September 10-18
Curious about Lake Whatcom water quality?
Why does Lake Whatcom have a water quality problem? What can we do about it? Watch this new short video produced by the City of Bellingham to find out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Ik4f7dvMU
posted August 29, 2022
New boat? Schedule an inspection.
We’re witnessing a surge in lake residents who have recently purchased a new or used boat. Many of the used watercraft are coming from mussel infested waters. Our inspection staff have already decontaminated 22 boats this season, more than the past two seasons combined!
If you recently purchased a boat, call 360-778-7975 to schedule your Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspection (and possible decontamination) in advance and avoid delays at the launch. Thank you for helping protect our local waters from aquatic invasive species!
Posted August 24, 2022
Marigold Drive Stormwater Improvements Project
Whatcom County is improving the stormwater system on Marigold Drive in Sudden Valley. This new treatment system is designed to improve water quality from neighborhood run-oﬀ entering Lake Louise.
Construction is scheduled for mid-July through the end of September. However, weather and other factors could aﬀect the project schedule and hours. Approximate working hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays. Marigold Drive will be limited to single-lane traffic control, and both lanes will reopen on nights, weekends, and holidays.
For more info and updates visit the project web page.
Posted August 18, 2022
Save our Water. Save Your Money.
Posted July 11, 2022
Be Safe and Watch Your Wake
It's summer finally! Be safe when you’re out on the lakes. Boating speed rules and no wake zones on Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish keep swimmers and boaters safe and protect the shoreline from erosion. Less erosion is better for water quality and protects shoreline vegetation and property. Review speed and safety rules for Lake Whatcom on our On the Lake Safe Boating page.
Posted: July 1, 2022
Check Your Motor. Protect Lake Whatcom.
Keep Lake Whatcom in Mind When You Mow this Spring
Gather your grass clippings! Your unmanaged grass clippings may add nutrients like phosphorus to our waterways and Lake Whatcom. Nutrients feed algae blooms, which can harm water quality and wildlife. You can help manage your clippings by using FoodPlus!, bringing them to a local disposal service, or composting at home using a contained system. Go to whatcomcounty.us/yardwaste to learn more.
Posted: May 20, 2022
Learn what the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility accomplished in 2021
The 2021 Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility (LWSU) Annual Report is now available. This utility provides additional funding for Whatcom County stormwater management programs and activities in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Read the report to learn what the LWSU accomplished in 2021 and how utility funds were spent.
For more information visit: https://whatcomcounty.us/2830/Lake-Whatcom-Stormwater-Utility.
Posted: May 11, 2022
Invasive Species Awareness Week
Posted February 28, 2022