Station Updates:

Inspection Stations at Bloedel Donovan, South Bay, Sudden Valley, and Lake Samish are tentatively scheduled to open on April 25*.

If you need to get your vessel inspected and permitted OR if your vessel is returning from out of the area and needs to be re-inspected, please call (360) 778-7975 to schedule an appointment.

*COVID-19 Update: Our on-site services are currently on hold. All non-essential staff have been sent home to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We will be checking messages periodically and will add you to a wait list for when on-site services resume. We are committed to ensuring the safety of all of our inspectors and customers at this time. Updates will be made to this website as more information becomes available.

Please remember to clean, drain and dry your boats and gear in between lakes and rivers to prevent the spread of aquatic plants and animals.

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Inspection Locations

City of Bellingham – Public Works – Natural Resources
2200 Nevada Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Inspections by appointment.

Bloedel Donovan Park Boat Launch
2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham, WA 98229
Inspections by appointment. Check station is tentatively scheduled to open on April 25th.

Lake Whatcom South Bay WDFW Boat Launch
South Bay Drive, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Inspections by appointment. Check station is tentatively scheduled to open on April 25th.

Lake Samish WDFW Boat Launch
East Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Inspections by appointment. Check station is tentatively scheduled to open on April 25th.

Sudden Valley Marina
Gate 1, 20 Marina Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Private marina for member/resident use only.
Closed for the season. Inspections by appointment.

Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center Boat Launch
1185 Roy Road, Bellingham, WA 98229
Private launch for camp and retreat center visitor use only. Inspections by appointment.

Current watercraft inspection fees

Whatcom Boat Inspection Program (For questions or to schedule an appointment on-site): 778-7975

Did you know?

Zebra and quagga mussels were first found in Lake Mead in 2007. They were probably introduced by a boat coming from the eastern United States.

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