Larrabee State Park RV & Campground Guide

Washington

Created in 1923, Larrabee State Park is Washington’s first state park! Today, it is a 2,748-acre camping park with many activities and amenities available. If you love water sports, this is the perfect park for you. With 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline along Samish Bay, the park also has two freshwater lakes, coves and tidelands. Visitors can enjoy water activities such as clamming, crabbing, fishing and boating, and on land, biking, horseback riding and hiking on 18 miles of combined trails. Plus, the postcard-worthy views of the San Juan Islands and Samish Bay are one of a kind and a must-see. Thinking of a trip to the Pacific Northwest? Keep reading to find out what else makes Larrabee State Park unique and worth a visit!    

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Weather
Spring 40s-60s F
Summer 60s-70s F
Fall 40s-60s F
Winter 30s-40s F
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Nearby Cities
Chuckanut, WA
Samish, WA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Larrabee State Park

Not every camping trip has to be in a tent under the stars! Trade in your tent for an RV and have a glamping experience instead – an RV always has a comfortable, cozy bed, private bathroom and kitchen you can stock with all your favorites. If you’re thinking of an RV for your next camping trip, consider renting one from RVshare.com. Finding a completely custom RV that fits all your needs is a breeze – and even better, there are plenty of options for all budgets. Plus, you’ll have access to a helpful support team should you run into any troubles and all rentals include nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Larrabee State Park is known as a camping park, with tent sites, over 25 RV sites and much more. With convenient amenities and a great location right inside the park, you can enjoy nature fun all day long and have quick access to your RV! These popular campsites fill up quickly, but there are several other private campgrounds in the area. Here are some worth checking out:

Friday Creek Campground

Friday Creek Campground is a small, quiet campground located just a little over 30 minutes from Larrabee State Park. All sites are wooded, offering privacy and beautiful, natural surroundings. The campground is open from May through October each year.  

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: no

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: clubhouse, general store, basketball court, trails, horseshoes, restroom and shower facilities, picnic and BBQ area

Burlington/Anacortes KOA

Just about a half-hour from the state park, Burlington/Anacortes KOA is located nearby many local activities sites, and is a family-friendly campground. There is so much to do right onsite at the campground, you may not want to leave!

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: pool, mini golf, dog park, hot tub/sauna, firewood, propane, bike rentals, recreation hall, planned activities, security gated property

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What to Do at
Larrabee State Park

Inside Larrabee State Park

With all the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer, the sights alone will keep you busy within Larrabee State Park! But if that’s not enough, you can take to the lake for crabbing or boating, enjoy wildlife viewing or stunning views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands, take a hike or bike ride and much more. Here are some of the most popular things to do inside the park:

Trails – There are 18 miles of combined trails within Larrabee State Park, 13.8 miles of which are multi-use for hiking, bike riding and horseback riding, 1.5 miles are for biking only and 2.7 are for hiking only. Along the trails, there are plenty of beautiful natural sites to take in, along with wildlife viewing and birdwatching! The park and some trails also offer postcard-worthy views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands.

Water Activities – With saltwater shoreline, two freshwater lakes (Fragrance and Lost Lakes), coves and tide pools on Chuckanut and Samish Bays, there is no shortage of water fun inside the state park. Visitors can enjoy trout fishing on the lakes, exploring the beach on the shoreline, boating, crabbing, clamming, diving and more.

Train-Spotting –. One of the most unique activities within the state park is train-spotting. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and Amtrak run trains on the Burlington Northern track by the beach – up to 16 times a day, even at night! Train buffs and children alike will love catching a train driving by while enjoying the park.

Outside Larrabee State Park

Learn more about the marine life in the local area, see whales and more on a boat cruise, experience more of the natural sights of the Pacific Northwest and much more. Bellingham is rich in history, beauty and culture and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it all! Here are some of our favorites:   

Restaurants

With restaurants that offer meals just as great as the water views, nostalgic experiences and much more, there are lots of restaurants in the area for a delicious meal before or after enjoying Larrabee State Park. Here are some worth checking out:   

Keenan’s at the Pier

The only thing better than the panoramic views of the San Juan Islands and Bellingham Bay at Keenan’s at the Pier is the menu. The casual but still elegant restaurant offers visitors a full bar and fresh, local Northwest cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It makes a beautiful, romantic date night after a day at the state park, or a great place for a family meal! 

Type: American

Location: Bellingham, WA

Boomer’s Drive-In

Take a step back in time at Boomer’s Drive-In! The retro drive-in offers burgers, hot dogs, waffle fries and milkshakes. The delicious, classic dishes can be enjoyed inside the restaurant, car-side or even back at your campground with takeout. All ages in your group will enjoy this nostalgic restaurant and classic dishes!

Type: Burgers

Location: Bellingham, WA

D’Anna’s Café Italiano

After a long day of enjoying trails, swimming, boating and more, there’s nothing quite as delicious as a great dish of pasta! D’Anna’s Café Italiano offers all that and more. Enjoy classic dishes including soups and salads, traditional Italian dishes, chicken dishes, fresh pasta dishes and much more in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Type: Italian

Location: Bellingham, WA

Sightseeing

Marine Life Center

Learn about the local marine life in the area by viewing, exploring and even touching at the Marine Life Center. Located along the bay, the center showcases marine line and habitat in Bellingham Bay, Puget Sound and on the entire Washington Coast. The highlight of the center is a touch pool, which gives visitors an up close and personal experience with marine life! Visitors young and old will enjoy the experience at Marine Life Center, plus admission is free.

Location: Bellingham, WA

San Juan Cruises

The Pacific Northwest offers beautiful shoreline and marine life, and there’s no better place to view it than right on the water. San Juan Cruises offers a variety fun, scenic cruises that can be half-day, full-day and even evening cruises. Some of the options include whale watching, bird watching cruises, brunch cruises and much more.

Location: Bellingham, WA

Sehome Hill Arboretum

There is so much natural beauty located in the Bellingham area, it’s no surprise there are a wide variety of parks to enjoy! One worth checking out is the Sehome Hill Arboretum, a nature park featuring 180 wooded acres with an outdoor learning center, 6 miles of trails and an observation tower.

Location: Bellingham, WA

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How to Get to
Larrabee State Park

Larrabee State Park is located on Chuckanut Road in Bellingham, WA. For more information, click here

Entering Larrabee State Park

 

A Discover Pass is necessary for a vehicle to access to Washington State Parks, including Larrabee State Park.

Annual Pass : $30

Transferable between two vehicles

One day : $10

We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures at Larrabee State Park – whether you’ll be boating on the lake, exploring the tide pools, wildlife viewing or enjoying a long hike with scenic views. When you post your fun vacation photos on social media, don’t forget to tag us, or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!