is a lake
A lake is a body of relatively still fresh or salt water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land. Lakes are inland and not part of the ocean and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are larger and deeper than ponds. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams,...
south of Bellingham, Washington
Bellingham is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Whatcom County in the U.S. state of Washington. It is the twelfth-largest city in the state. Situated on Bellingham Bay, Bellingham is protected by Lummi Island, Portage Island, and the Lummi Peninsula, and opens onto the Strait of Georgia...
Visible to the West of Interstate 5
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when travelling between Alger
Alger is a census-designated place in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The population was 403 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Mount Vernon–Anacortes, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.Alger is located along Old Highway 99...
and Bellingham, Lake Samish is heavily used for recreation in the summer months by local residents. The lake shoreline is heavily developed and homesites cover almost the entire shoreline. Lake Samish is bordered on the south by Blanchard Mountain and on the north by Chuckanut Pass. Public access is limited but a Whatcom County park with a rough boat launch is located along the northern shore.
In pre-Colonial days, members of the Samish
The Samish are a Native American tribe who live in the U.S. state of Washington. The seat of their tribal government is in Anacortes. The Native American form of "Samish" is /sʔémǝš/, from /s–/, "nominalizer", /ʔé/, "be there", and /–mǝš/, "people".-Pre-Contact with Europeans:The Samish were less...
tribe lived at sites on the lake. It is often confused with Sammamish
Lake Sammamish is a freshwater lake east of Seattle in King County, Washington, United States. The lake is long and wide, with a maximum depth of and a surface area of . It lies east of Lake Washington and west of the Sammamish Plateau, and stretches from Issaquah in the south to Redmond in...
The Northwestern Shore of Samish is home to Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center which has sat on the lake since 1946, and is a large player in the Samish community.
There are hiking trails, picnic tables, BBQ pits, and restrooms. On weekends the staff is present and keeps the table, the area, and the restrooms clean. Boat rentals (human powered) start June 1.
The first European to discover lake Samish was a man named William Harris who discovered it in 1870 and later picked out an 160 acre (0.6474976 km²) plot of land, built a cabin there and lived out the remainder of his days in it.
- http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/parks/samish/samish.jsp (Samish Park)
- http://www.lakesamish.org (Lake Samish Association)
- http://www.lakesamish.com Webcam
- http://www.camplutherwood.org Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center
- http://www.aacb.com/cams/lakecam.htm Webcam
- http://www.lakesamishtriathlon.com/ Lake Samish Triathlon