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

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Lake Terrell Unit
The 1,500-acre Lake Terrell unit is ten miles northwest of Bellingham and five miles west of Ferndale. It includes Lake Terrell, a 500-acre man-made, shallow lake with two peat bog marshes on its south and southwest sides, and Terrell Creek.

About 55 acres are farmed annually to produce winter food for waterfowl and upland game. Wild rice has been planted in the lakebed since 1988 and is producing seed annually. Several artificial islands, constructed to attract nesting waterfowl, have been used extensively by Canada geese. The adjacent fields are excellent brooding areas for goslings. Wintering trumpeter and tundra swans also use the lake as a night roost area. Pen-raised pheasants are released weekly in the fall for hunting. Duck blinds have been constructed on some of the artificial islands, and the lake has been developed with boat launches and other amenities.

Although Terrell Creek was originally dammed to create an impoundment and restore wetland habitat for waterfowl, the resulting water body also supports introduced fish species. Lake Terrell, with its uniquely undeveloped shoreline and diverse fishery, has become one of the prime destination fishing venues in North Puget Sound. Anglers catch largemouth bass (which reproduce naturally in the lake), channel catfish, triploid rainbow trout, perch, sunfish and bullheads. Several major bass fishing tournaments are held on the lake annually.

Viewing Opportunities


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

  • Deer
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    I-5 exit 260 (Lummi Isl/Slater Rd). W on Slater Rd 6 miles to flashing red light (Lake Terrell Rd). R (N) on Lake Terrell Rd appx 3 miles - road ends at the wildlife area headquarters.
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking lot and ADA accessible vault toilet.
    Other Information
    Fishing year-round, but no boat/ floating devices on lake during hunting season. Hunting on lake from blinds only.
    Unique Features
    24 hunting/wildlife viewing blinds. Boat dock and fishing pier. Boat fishing allowed Feb-Sept. Pheasant release site. Birding trails.
    Other Information
    Hunting OVER DECOYS from established pit blinds only. Dogs on leash April 1 - July 15. Dogs on leash after 4 pm Sept 15-Nov 30. Lake stocked annually with rainbow and cutthroat trout, and some triploid rainbows. Resident fish: bass, perch, catfish, bluegill, pumpkinseed.

    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.

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    • Bird watching
    • Boating
    • 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.