WWU Student on the Challenge Course at Lakewood
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Hours of Operation

Mon, Wed, Fri

2:00p - 7:30p

Tues, Thurs


Sat & Sun

12:00p - 7:30p

Mon - Fri, Sat & Sun

12:00p - 7:30p

Mon, Wed, Fri

2:00p - dusk

Tues, Thurs


Sat & Sun

12:00p - dusk

All Days


What is Lakewood?

Lakewood is WWU’s student-centric watersports facility located on beautiful Lake Whatcom. The Lakewood Boathouse serves those affiliated with the Bellingham college communities (WWU, NWIC, WCC, BTC) by providing easy access to a variety of non-motorized watercraft for recreation and training. Additionally, the 4,000-square-foot log facility contains a meeting space and locker rooms. The expansive 15-acre grounds contain trails, beaches, docks, picnic tables with charcoal BBQs, and a Ropes Challenge Course.  

WWU Men's Crew Team and the WWU Sailing Team use Lakewood as their primary year-round training facility.  

Lakewood’s meeting space, The Bill McDonald Lounge, is a wonderful, cozy space for social gatherings, retreats, meetings, and more!  

How can I learn to kayak, windsurf, or sail at Lakewood?

Students have access to FREE or low-cost lessons taught by Boathouse student staff. For more information, and to sign up for an upcoming drop-in lesson or lesson series, visit Lakewood’s WIN event page

For-credit, quarter-long classes are available through the Physical Education department: Western Course Catalog

Private lessons requests are accepted Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Youth summer camps will not be offered in 2023 but may be reintroduced for summer 2024 and beyond!

What is the Boathouse?

The Lakewood Boathouse offers students, staff, faculty, and alumni access to the Lake through low-cost/low-barrier boat rentals. The Boathouse has over 70 rentable watercraft including: 

  • Single and Double Kayaks (sit inside and sit on-top) 
  • Stand-up Paddleboards (SUPs) 
  • Canoes 
  • Pedalboats 
  • Windsurfers 
  • Laser and Alpha sailing dinghies 
  • Catamarans 
  • 22’ Keelboats 

What are the boat rental costs?

The Lakewood Watercraft Fee Schedule lists all boat rental fees.

Who can use the boathouse equipment?

Any member of the Western Washington University, Northwest Indian College, Whatcom Community College, or Bellingham Technical College communities are welcome. WWU Alumni Association members. Please remember to bring a piece of Campus I.D. with you during your visit. To use a windsurfer or sailboat, guests must go through an orientation that includes demonstration of basic practical skills. 


Where is Lakewood?

Lakewood is located approximately 7 miles from Western's main campus at 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd. on the beautiful shore of Lake Whatcom. 

Map To Lakewood | Bus Service to Lakewood | Accessibility Access at Lakewood

Contact us!

During Boathouse hours you can reach staff by phone (360) 650-2900 or email . All other inquiries please contact Lakewood Manager Nino Johnson 

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