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Lily Point Marine Park and Reserve

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area
48.9765, -123.0616 Map & Directions
Length
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
360 feet
Highest Point
257 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Starfish and other marine animals can be seen at Lily Point Marine Park. Photo courtesy Whatcom Land Trust. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Coast

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

With nearly 300 acres and a mile and a half of shoreline along Boundary Bay, Lily Point Marine Park & Reserve is an excellent coastal retreat for adults and children alike. Continue reading

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Hiking Lily Point Marine Park and Reserve

The park includes forested upland bluffs, beaches and tidal mudflats with spectacular views of the Strait of Georgia and the orca that pass by. Watch seals bask offshore, discover starfish and other beach life when you visit Lily Point.

This incredible site has public restrooms near the parking area. To access the beach, take the Multi-Use Loop Trail 0.3 miles to the Beach Access Trail. Stop there for panoramic views of the point and then take the switch backing beach trail 0.4 miles to the beach. For hiking and birding in upland forest, take the other half of the Loop Trail 0.6 miles back to the parking area.

History: Thanks to a conservation easement forged by Bellingham’s Whatcom Land Trust, Lily Point became a Whatcom County Park in 2007.

Archeologists date human occupancy on the point back at least 9000 years. For centuries, Coast Salish Native Peoples maintained their primary reef net fishery and a summer village for as many as 500 people at Lily Point.

Here the Lummi Nation ancestors each year performed their “first salmon” ceremony to assure the annual return of the fish they depended on. They called this place Chelhtenem, “hang salmon for drying.” An 1881 newspaper reported 10,000 salmon caught by 3 reef nets in 6 hours. The Trust maintains responsibility for the site’s long-term stewardship.

You’ll find bald eagles scouring the beach, great blue heron stalking the tidelands, and a host of waterfowl and shore birds that visit Boundary Bay. At peak times of the year, more than 100 eagles have been spotted on the beach.

Hike Description Written by
Lorraine Wilde - Whatcom Land Trust, WTA Community

Lily Point Marine Park and Reserve

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.9765, -123.0616 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Drive north on I-5 to the Peace Arch Border Crossing. Cross the border, then proceed on Route 99 to Exit 20. Follow the Ladner Truck Road (Route 10) west. Turn left on Route 17 then make another left onto 56th Street to Point Roberts Border Crossing. Follow Tyee Driv south, and then turn left on APA Road to a parking area at the end of the road.

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Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

Whatcom County Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/parks/lily-point/pdf/lighthouse-marine-park-directions.pdf

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