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Larrabee State Park
LARRABEE STATE PARK
LARRABEE STATE PARK
245 Chuckanut Drive
Bellingham, Washington   98229

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Larrabee State Park
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Larrabee State Park is a 2,683-acre camping park with 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay near Bellingham in northwest Washington. The park features two freshwater lakes, coves and tidelands. Sunsets are gorgeous. A variety of non-motorized, multiple-use trails wind through the park. The area is known for Chuckanut sandstone. The park has tide pools to explore on Chuckanut Bay and Samish Bay. Two freshwater lakes add beauty to the forested terrain.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Bobcats. Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Foxes. Otters. Rabbits. Raccoons. Skunks. Squirrels. Weasels. Chukars. Crows or Ravens. Doves or Pigeons. Ducks. Eagles. Geese. Grouse. Gulls. Hawks. Herons. Hummingbirds. Jays. Ospreys. Owls. Pheasants. Quail. Woodpeckers. Clams. Crabs. Octopuses. Sea Birds. Sea Cucumbers. Shellfish. Shrimp. Starfish. Whales. Bass. Perch. Salmon. Steelhead. Trout. Walleye

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

The park is primarily forested with coniferous trees and dense woodland vegetation. It has marshlands, wetlands, streams, lakes and Chuckanut Mountain. The area is known for chuckanut sandstone.

. Cedar. Douglas Fir. Hemlock. Yew. Alder. Apple. Ash. Birch. Cherry. Maple. Daisy. Rhododendron. Berries. Eel Grass. Ferns. Moss or Lichens. Seaweed. Thistle
History of the Area
In October 1915, the Larrabee family donated 20 acres of land to the state to be made into a park. Officially named in honor of Charles Xavier Larrabee in 1923, the area became Washington's first state park.
Camping
The park has 51 standard tent sites, 26 utilitysites, eight primitive sites, one dump station and eight showers (all ADA). Utility spaces have sewer, power and water. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). A working train track runs through the park and west of the campground. Campers are advised to check in at the registration booth upon arrival. To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations:

A group camp with tent camping for a maximum of 40 people is reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. There is a small picnic shelter with picnic tables and a fire ring. Parking is limited. No RVs permitted.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Boating
On high-tide boat launch is available but may be inaccessible to launching and retrieving watercraft at low-tide cycles.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
Boats and RVs
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WABoat Rentals
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
93.5 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Two picnic shelters are reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. One shelter has a sink, each has electrical outlets, barbecue grill and eight covered picnic tables. The shelters accommodate 50 to 100 people. In addition to the picnic shelters, the park provides 70 unsheltered picnic tables available first-come, first-served.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other. 15 mi. Hiking Trails. 13 mi. Bike Trails. Fishing (freshwater). Boating (saltwater). 1 boat ramp (saltwater). Diving. Fishing (saltwater). Clamming. Crabbing. 1 Amphitheater. Beachcombing. Bird Watching. 1 Fire Circle. Interpretive Activities. Mountain Biking. Sailboarding. Wildlife Viewing

Visitors may enjoy fishing on Fragrance Lake and Lost Lake on Chuckanut Mountain, accessible by hiking trails.

The old roadbed of the Mount Vernon-to-Bellingham Interurban Railway runs parallel to Hwy. 11, north through the park and on to Bellingham.
Things To Do in the Area
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WAFamily Outting
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
Web Site: leavenworthoutfitters.com
93.5 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 12 The Beach of Purple Starfish
Beautiful secluded grounds nestled on a mountaintop. Highlight is the beach where at low tide, is covered with purple starfish. Gorgeous.


Area Campgrounds

Fidalgo Bay Resort
4701 Fidalgo Bay Road
Anacortes, WA


Pioneer Trails RV Resort & Campground
7337 Miller Road
Anacortes, WA
888-777-5355


Wildwood Resort
990 S Lake Whatcom Blvd
Sedro Woolley, WA
360-595-2311


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Directions
Located six miles south of Bellingham, Wash., on the state's northwestern side.

From I-5 soutbound: Take exit #250, and turn right onto Fairhaven Pkwy. Go to second stoplight. Turn left on SR 11/Chuckanut Dr. Stay left at next stoplight, and drive six miles to park entrance.

From I-5 northbound: Take exit #231. Turn right onto SR 11/Chuckanut Dr., and drive north 14 miles to park entrance.

NOTE: Chuckanut Dr. (SR 11) is a narrow, winding road. Large RVs should go to I-5, exit #250 for easiest access to the park.

Alternate route for large RVs or vehicles towing trailers: Stay on northbound I-5 to Bellingham, then take exit #250 and turn left onto Fairhaven Pkwy. Go to second stoplight and turn left onto SR 11/Chuckanut Dr. Stay left at next stoplight and go six miles to park entrance.

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