Station Updates:

Inspection stations at Bloedel Donovan, South Bay and Lake Samish are currently open for the season. The Sudden Valley inspection station has closed for the season due to reduced staff availability.

Check below for current hours of operation for each inspection location. Hours of operation are subject to change due to inclement weather, poor air quality, and staff availability.

*Staffing Update: We are very short-staffed at the moment so expect delays. Hours of operation at some sites may be adjusted when staff are unavailable. We thank you for your understanding.

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

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

*Station will be closed on Friday, 9/17, due to inclement weather.

Lake Whatcom South Bay WDFW Boat Launch
South Bay Drive, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake Samish WDFW Boat Launch
East Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Open 7 days a week, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on weekends and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

*Hours of operation update: We have adjusted our hours at the Samish boat launch during the week to 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting on 9/7/2021. If you need to purchase a permit outside of these hours on these days, please visit the Bloedel Donovan Check Station.

*Station will be closed on Friday, 9/17, due to inclement weather.

Sudden Valley Marina
Gate 1, 20 Marina Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229
Private marina for member/resident use only.
Closed for the season. Call to schedule an 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): (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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