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Washington whitewater, Whatcom Creek

Whatcom county, Lake Whatcom to Yew St. Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV+(V+)     2 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Bellingham, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of Whatcom Creek is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV+(V+) section by American Whitewater. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often tougher than elsewhere, so don't
    forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The Lake Whatcom to Yew St. Bridge stretch
is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. There's camping available near Whatcom Creek. The nature scenery of Whatcom County and the water flowing gracefully down Whatcom Creek have people coming here. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There are some good hotels near the river, and if you make reservations in advance  
you're all set. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
You ought to beyond doubt have a look at delightful Blue Heron Beach while you're here at Whatcom Creek. Everybody loves Larrabee State Park; if you want to hit the beach, Samish Beach is in close proximity. This river is so perfect. There are plenty of folks from Bellingham here at Whatcom Creek, and Bay View State Park is a splendid site to go. For the duration of the summer here at Whatcom Creek, high temperatures commonly reach the 70's. Through the moonlight hours it's usually in the 50's.

Whatcom Creek, Lake Whatcom to Yew St. Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Whatcom Creek.
 Whitewater Near Whatcom Creek:
Whatcom Creek, Whatcom County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V+) - 2 miles long (Lake Whatcom to Yew St. Bridge)
Skookum Creek, Whatcom County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.25 miles long (Above lower gorge to South Fork of Nooksack)
Racehorse Creek, Whatcom County, 27 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.5 miles long (to National Forest Nooksack)
Nooksack River - Middle Fork, Whatcom County, 27 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Clearwater Creek to Heisters Creek)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Pilchuck Creek Campsite to Highway 9 Bridge)
Clearwater River - Middle Fork Nooksack Tributary, Whatcom County, 29 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (to Middle Fork Nooksack tributary)
Pilchuck Creek, Snohomish County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.1 miles long (Highway 9 Bridge to I-5 Bridge)
Nooksack River - South Fork, Whatcom/Skagit County, 30 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (River Mile 25 to Saxon Road)
 Ski Areas Near Whatcom Creek:
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 45 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 52 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 60 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia , 71 miles away, 5280 foot drop, 33 lifts, 200 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 83 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alpental, Washington , 92 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 92 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 94 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
 Marinas Near Whatcom Creek:
Twin Bridges Marina, Mount Vernon , 15 miles away
Fisherman's Cove Marina, Bellingham , 16 miles away
Anacortes Yacht Club, Anacortes , 16 miles away
Cap Sante Boat Haven, Anacortes , 16 miles away
Fidalgo Marina, Anacortes , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Whatcom Creek:
Blue Heron Beach, Skagit , 9 miles away
Samish Beach, Skagit , 10 miles away
Neontawanta Beach, Whatcom , 14 miles away
Hermosa Beach, Whatcom , 14 miles away
West Beach, Whatcom , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Whatcom Creek:
Four Points By Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center, Bellingham , 2 miles away
Days Inn Bellingham, Bellingham , 3 miles away
Bellingham Lodge, Bellingham , 3 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Heritage Inn, Bellingham , 4 miles away
Rodeway Inn Bellingham, Bellingham , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Whatcom Creek:
Bellingham RV Park, Bellingham, 2 miles away
Crest Haven Mobile Home and RV, Bellingham, 3 miles away
Lake Samish Terrace, Bellingham, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Whatcom Creek:
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 21 miles away
North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 21 miles away
Larrabee State Park, Washington , 4 miles away
Bay View State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Saddlebag Island State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Whatcom Creek:
North Bellingham Golf Course, Bellingham , 1 miles away
Aerotech Golf, Bellingham , 2 miles away
Lake Padden Golf Course, Bellingham , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Whatcom Creek
Lake Whatcom, Whatcom , 1 miles away
Lake Padden, Whatcom , 3 miles away
Brennan Pond, Whatcom , 10 miles away

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