Wildlife Area Location

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

Wildlife Areas
Whatcom Wildlife Area
Pine Lake Unit
The 140-acre Pine Lake unit is several miles south of Bellingham on Chuckanut Mountain. A steep 2.5-mile trail leads to these two lowland mountain lakes, situated above 1,200 feet. The property is mostly wooded, with open water and wetlands at the lakes. WDFW stocks the lakes with 500-1,000 coastal cutthroat trout fry per lake every spring. The trail to the lakes is popular, and is hiked year round for fishing as well as for the views at the top. Rustic camping is allowed at both lakes, but no campfires are permitted. Horseback riding and bicycles are not allowed due to the wetland conditions at both lakes. The Whatcom County Parks Department maintains the parking area and toilet facility at the trailhead and the trail to the lakes. This trail connects with other hiking and mountain bike trails as part of the county’s Chuckanut Mountain trail system.
Viewing Opportunities


  • Songbirds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Deer
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    I-5 exit 250 (Fairhaven Pkwy), W to 30th St. L (S) on 30th to Old Samish Rd. SE on Old Samish appx 1.5 miles. Parking for Pine/Cedar Lakes Trail on R.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking lot and restroom facility
    Unique Features
    2 mi hiking trail. Lakes stocked with Rainbow and Cuthroat trout annually. Primitive camping available, but no fires.
    Other Information
    Cooperatively managed with Whatcom County. Dogs on leash year round. No horses on trail.

    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
    • Camping
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • 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.