Station Updates:

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

2021 permits are available starting on January 5. 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 on-site appointment. Please call in advance as we have limited staff available for on-site appointments.

Please note: Most City employees will be furloughed one day per month, starting January 1, 2021. We thank you for your patience as staff may not be able to get back to you immediately.

*COVID-19 Update: Your safety and the safety of our boat inspection staff are our top priority. You should expect new safety and inspection procedures when visiting our check stations based on state guidelines related to COVID-19.

  • Permits must be purchased online ahead of time. You will receive your permit after your vessel passes inspection.
  • Expect delays. We are taking steps to ensure your safety!
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from inspectors and other boaters.

 

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.

Lake Whatcom South Bay WDFW Boat Launch
South Bay Drive, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Inspections by appointment.

Lake Samish WDFW Boat Launch
East Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Inspections by appointment.

Sudden Valley Marina
Gate 1, 20 Marina Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Private marina for member/resident use only.
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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