Parks & Recreation

2019 Reservations Open December 3rd at 9am

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Whatcom County Parks and Recreation has something for everyone:

  • Explore county parks ocean side to mountain peaks
  • Find the perfect campsite 
  • Take the family on a picnic
  • Discover beach creatures
  • Spend the night in a lakeside rustic cabin 
  • Hike to a mountain top
  • Touch history 
  • Watch bald eagles soar
  1. What's New
  2. Frequently Asked
  3. Upcoming Events
  1. New Foot & Bike Trails Now Open at Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

    Whatcom County Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce, effective immediately, the opening of Rufus Creek Trail at Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve located near Sudden Valley. This trail is 4.3 miles long, with several miles of new trail construction. Read on...
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Parks & Recreation Commission

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Commission currently has two vacancies; District 1 and District 4. This commission serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and the Parks and Recreation Department on matters relating to parks, recreation and senior services. 

Please see our vacancies page for more information and application instructions

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.