Station Updates:

Inspection Stations at Bloedel Donovan, South Bay, Sudden Valley, and Lake Samish are now open for the season. 

If you are unable to trailer your watercraft to a check station or if you have multiple watercraft needing to be inspected and permitted, please call (360) 778-7975 to schedule an appointment on-site.

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.

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
Open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Lake Whatcom South Bay WDFW Boat Launch
South Bay Drive, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lake Samish WDFW Boat Launch
East Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

*Note: Hours are subject to change due to reduced staffing.
Hours on Thursday, 9/5: 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hours on 9/10-9/12: 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hours on 9/24-9/25: 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sudden Valley Marina
Gate 1, 20 Marina Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Private marina for member/resident use only.
Open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or 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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