Lake Whatcom

Welcome to Lake Whatcom

Lake life at its finest is found in this bustling and beautiful Washington sanctuary

Lake Whatcom captures the best of two worlds: Wonderful seclusion with proximity to the heart of a bustling, world-class city. Situated near Bellingham and less than two hours away from the metropolis of Seattle, the largely residential community is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Hiking, biking, fishing, camping, swimming, motorboating, and paddling—all are relished by Lake Whatcom residents and visitors who flock to the popular region for its beauty, fun, and adventures.

The lake at the center of this suburban jewel spans ten miles and drains into the glimmering Bellingham Bay. For residents, it functions as the epicenter of their lives, granting them everything from gorgeous waterfront strolls to spectacular sunsets.

What to Love

  • Near Bellingham and its excellent dining, arts, and culture scene
  • An exuberant, vibrant atmosphere
  • An abundance of excellent outdoor adventures
  • Marvelous homes with splendid vistas
  • Filled with lovely parks and great parking trails
  • Within driving distance of Seattle and Vancouver
  • A variety of Lake Whatcom houses for sale to choose from

Local Lifestyle - Living in Lake Whatcom

Given Lake Whatcom’s ideal combination of seclusion and proximity to Bellingham, it holds tremendous appeal for anyone who appreciates savoring time in nature but still wants the option of taking advantage of the amenities of a first-rate city. Students, professionals, retirees, families, artists, writers, and thrill seekers are all drawn to this unique enclave. As a boating community filled with people who love spending time outdoors, it has a bustling, energetic, and yet peaceful vibe.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Lake Whatcom blends urban sophistication with a rugged, outdoor spirit, and its array of eateries both in Lake Whatcom and in nearby Bellingham reflect this. The Fork at Agate Bay is particularly delicious and a short drive away. From Taylor clams with grilled focaccia to seared duck breast with bing cherry reduction–and from butternut squash risotto with seasonal vegetables and fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and Southern remoulade—this superb spot features a range of inventive, sumptuous dishes. The fabulous establishment also boasts one of the best craft cocktail menus in the county, such as their Northshore martini with Campari and orange liqueur and their sage melon drop with melon liquor and sage bitters. 

Sumptuous also defines the treats found at the iconic Lafeens Family Pride Donuts and Ice Cream near Whatcom Falls Park. It is a retro sweet spot that features handcrafted apple fritters and an assortment of delectable donuts, frozen yogurt, and ice cream. Bellingham proper boasts over 20 distinguished craft breweries.

Lake Whatcom also has an impressive mix of markets that feature artisan eats, fresh produce, and craft beer, including Silver Beach Grocery and Davinci’s Market–a family-owned market that offers everything you need for a stand-out picnic.

Things to Do in Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom offers one opportunity after the next to relish the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The neighborhood is, of course, defined by the lake at its heart and its astonishingly gorgeous Whatcom Falls Park. Here, over 240 acres of verdant land provide visitors with the chance to hike, stroll, fish, or simply enjoy the waterfalls. (Fun fact: Lake Whatcom furnishes Bellingham with its drinking water.) 

Bloedel Donovan Park, located in the Silver Beach community, is also irresistible and a particular draw for those who love to spend time in the water. Indeed, the entire Silver Beach community as a whole goes down as Washington State’s greatest gem. And when Lake Whatcom residents are in the mood for shopping? Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven Village features several one-of-a-kind boutiques, bars, and restaurants. 

Schools in Lake Whatcom

School-aged children are served under the Bellingham Public School District. A few of the more remarkable schools in the area include:


Overview for Lake Whatcom, WA

3,421 people live in Lake Whatcom, where the median age is 42 and the average individual income is $49,544. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Lake Whatcom, WA

Lake Whatcom has 1,518 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lake Whatcom do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 3,421 people call Lake Whatcom home. The population density is 12,320.338 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Lake Whatcom, WA

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

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Marie’s Bees, Guud Bowls, and Rain or Shine Riviera Club.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.1 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.54 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.48 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.54 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.95 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.16 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
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