Lake Samish
History - Facts About Lake Samish

Lake Samish is located 6.5 miles southeast of Bellingham. It is comprised of two basins which are connected by a narrow strait. The west arm is a small deep bay, and the east arm is a larger shallow bay. There are several small inlets that flow into the lake, including Lake Creek, Barnes Creek and Wefer Creek. Lake Samish drains via Friday Creek to the Samish River.

Lake Samish


Size 810 Acres
Maximum Depth 140 Feet
Mean Depth 51 Feet
Lake Volume 30,310 Acre-Feet
Drainage Area 12.90 Square Miles
Altitude 273 Feet
Shoreline Length 8.1 Miles


















Lake Samish History Project
The Lake Samish Association has sponsored a “History of Lake Samish” project. After recruiting people interested in this endeavor, we began
by interviewing long-time residents to get their stories and recollections of our community. Early in 2016, we will publish our book Lake
Samish Reflections: Historical Views and Memories
. The book starts with the Native American community on the lake, discusses the settlement and development of the Lake Samish community--logging, mining, recreation--and then finishes with many family interviews. If you are interested in obtaining this excellent book, please contact




Discovering Lake Samish - a brief history on the 
discovery of Lake Samish.

1931 Boat Parade

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