Lake Samish

Welcome to Lake Samish

Serenity and beauty define this secluded Washington State enclave

Situated between the glorious Chuckanut Pass and the beautiful Blanchard Mountain in Washington, the area is the ideal marriage between verdant splendors and stunning Lake Samish real estate. The charming, intimate suburban community offers its residents an abundance of hiking trails and public access forestry, and yet the nearness of a city flourishing with world-class restaurants, award-winning breweries, first-rate boutiques, and a thriving arts and culture scene.

And yet, residents don’t need to leave their own enclave to take advantage of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Outdoor enthusiasts have a slew of lake (and lakeside) recreational activities, from the opportunity to fish to the chance to hike, while its rural location provides ongoing and delicious tranquility.

What to Love

  • An immediate and direct connection to nature
  • World-class mountain biking opportunities
  • Ample and exquisite flora and fauna
  • An array of outdoor recreational activities
  • Gorgeous homes on lush, generous lots
  • A short drive away to downtown Bellingham
  • Proximity to Vancouver and the San Juan Islands
  • A variety of Lake Samish houses for sale to choose from

Local Lifestyle - Living in Lake Samish

Lake Samish’s optimal combination of seclusion and natural splendors makes it an especially appealing place for families who treasure the great outdoors, professionals who work remotely or in nearby Seattle or Bellingham, retirees who wish to be near the Pacific Northwest's unsullied beauty, and artists searching for a quiet place to find inspiration. Its remote location amplifies its intimate, friendly energy, rendering it the sort of place where you might be on a first-name basis with several of your neighbors.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Lake Samish may be in a remote region, but it’s nonetheless only a drive away from a spate of first-class restaurants and pubs. Lake Samish residents frequently flock to the lovely and enchanting Lighthouse Bar and Grill in the Bellwether Hotel to pair a delectable meal with equally sumptuous vistas of the glimmering waterfront. Here, you can kick your night off with oysters with horseradish and cucumber, dive into a bowl of fresh pappardelle with smoked chicken, basil, spinach, and brandy cream, and conclude it all with gelato handcrafted in the historic village of Fairhaven. 

For celebratory evenings, Lake Samish residents also often book a table at the iconic Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse in the enchanting Fairhaven Village, where charcuterie, scallop risotto, cedar plank salmon, and luscious steaks, of course, are offered in a romantic setting. With 20 craft breweries in Bellingham, residents of Lake Samish also have a heap of pubs from which to choose, including the always-terrific Aslan Brewing Company, which serves artisan, Bellingham-brewed beers and dishes prepared with local, seasonal ingredients.

When it comes to shopping, or a downright splurge, Lake Samish residents often head to the unique boutiques that line Fairhaven Village or into Seattle, where places such as The Shops at The Bravern offer the ultimate in luxury shopping with world-renowned brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

Things to Do in Lake Samish

Lake Samish’s ideal location away from the hustle and bustle of life lends itself well to a life savored outside. Lake Samish County Park helps make this happen. Gorgeous and immaculate, this sanctuary offers a slew of adventures, including hiking, biking, and fishing, while the Lake Samish Boat Ramp literally launches visitors into joyful water adventures.

Another popular spot in Lake Samish is Lutherwood Summer Camp and Retreat Center, where children can enjoy dozens of delightful outdoor activities and Boulevard Park.

Schools in Lake Samish

Children in Lake Samish are served under the Bellingham School District. A few of the most notable schools nearby include:

Overview for Lake Samish, WA

34,182 people live in Lake Samish, where the median age is 39.6 and the average individual income is $40,779. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Lake Samish, WA

Lake Samish has 13,483 households, with an average household size of 2.53. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lake Samish do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 34,182 people call Lake Samish home. The population density is 681.36 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Lake Samish, WA

There's plenty to do around Lake Samish, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Marie’s Bees, Eleventh st GOODS , and Texture Clothing.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 4.95 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.5 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.76 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.87 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.04 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.88 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
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