Station Updates:

The Bloedel Donovan, Lake Samish, South Bay, and Sudden Valley inspection stations are open for the 2022 season. Check below for current hours of operation.

If you are unable to trailer your boat to a check station, have multiple watercraft requiring an inspection, 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.

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
Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., 7 days a week.

Lake Whatcom South Bay WDFW Boat Launch
South Bay Drive, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekends (Hours may change depending on staff availability. Call to confirm).

Lake Samish WDFW Boat Launch
East Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday through Monday and 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

Sudden Valley Marina
Gate 1, 20 Marina Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Private marina for member/resident use only.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends.

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): (360) 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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