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Wildlife Area Location

Richard Kessler
5975 Lake Terrell Road
Ferndale, Washington 98248
(360) 384-4723

For more information on
Wildlife Areas, please contact
the WDFW Wildlife Program.

Phone: 360-902-2515
E-mail: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov


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Wildlife Areas
 Index of Wildlife Areas and Units 

Whatcom Wildlife Area
Whatcom Wildlife AreaThe Whatcom Wildlife Area has eight units totaling 4,960 acres north of Bellingham in Whatcom County, with the majority within a few miles of Puget Sound and about ten miles south of the Canadian border. More than three miles of the Nooksack River are adjacent to the wildlife area. The Tennant Lake unit is situated in the Nooksack Riverís mainstem floodplain and the river hugs the unitís western border. Most wetlands in the lower Nooksack were diked and ditched by the beginning of the 20th century.

Habitat types here include submergent and emergent marsh, grasslands, open water and deciduous, coniferous and mixed forest. Without disturbance, the climax vegetation in this area would be western red cedar and Douglas fir. The Whatcom Wildlife Area contains a wide range of wetland- and riparian-dependent species, as well as upland species. The area supports important habitat for wintering waterfowl and is located on the Pacific Flyway.

It was purchased beginning in the 1940s primarily for waterfowl habitat preservation and public recreation, with more recent acquisitions focused on salmonid habitat preservation.

How to Get Here
For driving directions and more information on this Wildlife Area's units, please click on the links below:
  • British Petroleum
  • Intalco
  • Lake Terrell
  • Lummi Island
  • Nooksack
  • Pine Lake
  • Tennant Lake
  • Wildlife Area Map
     Wildlife Area Map - Click to enlarge
    The Discover Pass - Your ticket to Washington's great outdoors
    A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass is required on all WDFW lands.
    Learn more at
    Whatcom Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping