Wildlife Area Location

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

Wildlife Areas
Whatcom Wildlife Area
Nooksack Unit
The 627-acre Nooksack unit extends from the Nooksack River estuary north to Slater Road, where it meets the Tennant Lake unit. It was purchased to protect critical salmonid and waterfowl habitat. Together with the Tennant Lake unit, it protects the eastern bank of the Nooksack River from its mouth to Ferndale, as well as most of Tennant and Silver creeks. A dike along the east bank currently protects previously farmed lowlands from flooding. The unit is being replanted with native riparian vegetation, and tidally influenced habitats are being restored for salmon and waterfowl. A dike-top trail runs along the Nooksack River. Approximately 100 acres of corn planted annually, with 10% of crop left standing in field over as winter waterfowl forage.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Shorebirds
  • Songbirds
  • Wading Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    I-5 exit 260 (Lummi Isl/Slater Rd.). W on Slater Rd appx 3 miles. Parking area just E of Nooksack River bridge.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking lot on S side of Slater Rd, no restroom facilities.
    Other Information
    Closed during hours of darkness
    Access Site #2
    Driving Directions
    I-5 exit 260 (Lummi Isl/Slater Rd.). W on Slater Rd appx 3.5 miles to Ferndale Rd. L (S) on Ferndale Rd to the intersection with Marine Dr. L (E) on Marine Dr appx 100 yds.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking lot, no restroom facilities
    Other Information
    Closed during hours of darkness.
    Unique Features
    1.5 mile Nooksack River levee trail. Corn field - strips left for waterfowl. Seven hunting/wildlife viewing blinds. Swans often seen in winter. Birding/dog walking trails.
    Other Information
    Dogs on leash year-round and on the levee trail only. Hunting dogs in field only during hunting season.

    Maps for all hunting areas are posted at the HQ parking lot, and unit maps are up at Marine Drive, Slater Road, and Intalco parking lots.

    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
    Green Dot Maps
    • Bird watching
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Wildlife viewing

    If you are Hunting or Fishing, remember to check all current regulations.

    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.