Larrabee State Park
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.
This is a great park for the family. Very well maintained, nice sites (a bit too close together, however), and offering a lot of activities.
The park has 51 standard tent sites, 26 utility sites, eight primitive sites, one dump station and eight showers (all ADA). Utility spaces have sewer, power and water. A working train track runs through the park and west of the campground.... however it was more background noise, than anything.
As mentioned above, the campsites are definitely cramped with really only room for your rig(s), picnic table and fire ring. Don't plan on playing Corn Hole or any games on your site. That is saved for the recreation area, I suppose which is about a 10 minute walk.
As you can tell in the photos, this park offers a great deal of "Play" for the little ones. In the common area, there is a big grassy area, an amphitheatre, two shelters, and a wonderful playground!
From the common area, there is a trail under the railroad tracks and giving you two options..... to the left you just stay at about the same height and have a view over the Samish Bay and can look down onto the beach. To the right, it is a nice well-maintained trail down to the small beach. The trail gets a big steep at times, but my 70+ old mother could get down and up it. I wouldn't advise trying to spend a lot of time on this beach unless there is another access to it, because I couldn't imagine hiking up and down with supplies like coolers, sunscreen, etc. for the family.
During the warmer months, I'm sure the beach and boat launch area get busy with fisherman on their boats, canoes and kayaks.
Bikes or No Bikes?
Definitely bikes --mainly because it is fun to ride throughout the well-maintained campground. The website says 13 miles of biking trails throughout and by looking at the map it looks like we have some exploring to do when we go back as there are some little lakes in the vicinity that we could have biked to - that are great lakes for fishing.
Definitely beautiful along Chuckanut Drive -- and only 6 miles south of Bellingham and some general necessities.
Larrabee State Park
245 Chuckanut Drive
Bellingham, WA 98229
Do you have your own comment about
Larrabee State Park?
Add your comment below.