Parks and Recreation
Director: Brian Adams
Lake is perfect for a family hike. Just when the kids are asking
“are we there yet?” you crest the 1/3 mile trail and
are rewarded by a beautiful lake. The trail continues all the
way around the lake and is augmented by an additional trail that
goes up to the active beaver pond. The trail is open and wide
and allows for two abreast conversation or single-minded heart
pounding hiking. The trail is open to foot, bicycle, and hoofed
animals. This trail is a favorite for training young lamas.
There are well placed benches around the lake to sit and
enjoy the wildlife that surrounds this little piece of paradise.
One can make this hike, round trip to the parking lot,
in less than twenty-five minutes. The access to this park is one
half mile from I-5 freeway which makes it a great park to unwind
and blend some nature into your life.
Squires Lake Park
the early 1900’s Victor and Luia Squires purchased a large
track of land, including the small lake, from Bloedel Donovan Timber
Company. Several generations of Squires lived and worked the land
until 1960. The Squires’ had their own trout hatchery and
charged people to fish and trap on their land. In 1995 Whatcom Land
Trust helped Whatcom County purchase the 80-acre parcel that has
become public land for all to enjoy. Local businesses and individuals
constructed the dam, built the parking lot, and paid for the initial
development and park management. An anonymous gift of $300,000.00
matched Whatcom Conservation Futures money to buy property. Whatcom
and Skagit County Parks and Recreation Departments maintain this
park through a cooperative agreement.
Old Hwy 99
North Rd between South Lake Samish and Alger (Burlington)