Larrabee State Park - Washington

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Park Overview

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.

History

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.

Park Features

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.

Interpretive opportunities

There are currently no interpretive opportunities at this park.

Physical Features

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.

Address

245 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229

Directions

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

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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