Northwest Straits Chapter

Our Beaches

Washington State is home to many beautiful beaches. Here are some of the Northwest Straits Chapter’s favorites:

Locust Beach

Locust Beach is located along Marine Drive and is a popular place for kite surfing, skimboarding, swimming, and hammocking. On a sunny day in Bellingham, the beach will be very busy.

Locust Beach is the primary location for many of our beach cleanups. It is also part of the Blue Water Task Force Program.

Locust Beach Cleanup

Semiahmoo Park

Semiahmoo Park, located on Semiahmoo Parkway, is a beautiful beach with a variety of marine life. Sand dollars, starfish, crabs, barnacles and more can be found along the beach. The park also has beautiful views of Canada.

Beach cleanups are hosted at Semiahmoo Park a few times a year. It is also a popular location for tide-pooling due to the large amount of marine life.

Tidepooling at Semiahmoo park

Larrabee State Park

Larrabee State Park is located off of Chuckanut Drive with a beautiful view of the San Juan Islands and Samish Bay. The park offers a variety of activities like camping, fishing and hiking. Be sure to check out the State Park’s website if you would like to plan a visit! https://parks.state.wa.us/536/Larrabee

Larrabee State Park is one of the locations for Blue Water Task Force, and it is tested weekly as part of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s BEACH program during the summer.

View from the boat launch at Larrabee State Park

Little Squalicum Park

Little Squalicum Park is located on Marine Drive and features a beautiful view of Bellingham Bay. It is a favorite location for dog owners as it is a dog off-leash area. We encourage people not to swim here, as high levels of potentially harmful bacteria have been found in the water.

Little Squalicum Park is part of the Blue Water Task Force program and is sampled monthly.

The Blue Water Task Force volunteers at Little Squalicum Park