Larrabee State Park Campground & Day Use

A park with 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay near Bellingham. The park is primarily forested with coniferous trees and dense woodland vegetation. It has marshlands, wetlands, streams, lakes, and Chuckanut Mountain. The area is known for chuckanut sandstone and Chuckanut Drive.

getting there

From Bellingham: Take Exit 250 off of I-5 south of Bellingham and turn west onto Old Fairhaven Parkway. Drive 0.1 mile, turn left onto 30th St and drive 1 mile (30th St becomes 32nd St).  Turn right onto Old Samish Rd, drive 0.6 mile, turn left onto Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) and drive 4.1 miles south to the  Larrabee State Park Campground (200 ft).

From Mount Vernon: Take Exit 231 off of I-5 north of Mount Vernon and drive 14.5 miles north on Chuckanut Drive (SR-11) to the Larrabee State Park Campground (200 ft).

about the park

Washington's first state park is set on the seaward side of Chuckanut Mountain near Bellingham. It is known for its postcard views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands. This unique park on the famous 21-mile Chuckanut Drive offers camping, boating, paddling, fishing, shellfish harvesting, diving, teeming tide pools and perfect spots for quiet contemplation. Though the shore is the main draw, freshwater Fragrance and Lost Lakes provide excellent trout fishing, and hiking and mountain bike trails wind through a forest of Douglas-fir.

Train-spotting is also part of the Larrabee State Park experience. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and Amtrak run trains up to 16 times a day (and night) on the tracks by the beach. This is a noisy proposition for light sleepers but great fun for train buffs and kids.

day use amenities

  • There are two picnic shelters that may be reserved. Each has electrical outlets, barbecue grill, eight covered picnic tables, and accommodate 50 to 100 people. One shelter has a sink.
  • There are 45 unsheltered picnic tables available first-come, first-served.
  • There is an amphitheater available first-come first-served, but park staff ask that you contact them for any planned use.

campground amenities

  • The park has 51 standard tent sites, 26 utility sites, eight primitive sites, one dump station, and six showers (four are ADA).
  • Utility sites have sewer, power, and water. The maximum site length is 60-feet, and there is limited availability.
  • A group camp with tent camping for a maximum of 40 people may be reserved.
  • There is a small picnic shelter with picnic tables and a fire ring.
  • Parking is limited and RVs are not permitted.

nearby hikes, climbs & beach walks


  • A working train track runs through the park and west of the campground. Campers are advised to check in at the registration booth upon arrival.
245 Chuckanut Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229
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