Larrabee State Park, Bellingham

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Larrabee State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on Samish Bay, six miles south of the city of Bellingham, Washington. The 2683acre state park offers fishing, boating, and camping as well as mountain trails for hiking and biking. It is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
The park became Washington's first state park after Bellingham businessman Charles Larrabee donated 20 acres of land to the state in 1914. Following Larrabee's death later that year, his widow saw the transfer through to completion and the park was formalized in 1915. Initially called Chuckanut State Park, the park's name was changed to Larrabee in 1923. The Larrabee family donated another 1500 acres in 1937, with neighboring landowners making additional contributions.
The park features a short walk down to a pebble beach with views onto Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. For longer excursions, there are 13 miles of biking trails and 15 miles of hiking trails. Picnicking, boating, saltwater fishing, sailboarding, and beachcombing are among the other recreational options. Two mountain lakes, Fragrance Lake and Lost Lake, offer freshwater fishing for hikers.
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  • It’s beautiful! Reached by a scenic drive along Puget Sound, the park has abundant hiking trails and good access to the water. There is even a small beach where seal pups rest at times. They...  more »
  • We had an awesome stay! Great camp spots and great facilities! Lots to do, hike, bike, paddle, fish, and more. We biked the InterUrban trail to town for lunch and then biked up to Fragrance Lake...  more »
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  • We hiked to Fragrance Lake. The facilities are nice. I recommend going early, as parking was full by the time we returned from our hike. The hike tip fragrance lake was beautiful. I highly recommend it. The switchbacks get a little monotonous, but you can't beat the walk around the lake at the end!
  • I luv,luv this quaint little park. First off you must park up high in a lot...then you get to hike down a small mountain side into an area where a small part of the Pacific waters come in to form a half moon bay. You can walk the shore or swim even boat around the cove. It is one of Washington's best places to take sunset pics as well. It is very relaxing and usually a respected place.

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