The Office of Campus Recreation Services provides each student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to become actively involved in an organized sport and recreation program. Services provided by Campus Recreation includes: Intramural Sports, Open Recreation, Instructional Classes, and Sport Clubs. Wade King Student Recreation Center (SV-138), (360) 650-3766
The multi-faceted Outdoor Center is the centerpiece of the Associated Students' outdoor recreation offerings. Located on the first floor of the Viking Union, the OCprovides: instructional trips; books, maps, magazines, and videos; rental equipment, including kayaks, rafts, backpacking, and cross-country ski packages; a do-it-yourself (with help from the staff) bicycle repair and retail facility; and excursions from the channels and bays of the San Juan Islands to the slopes of Mt. Baker and beyond. The Center is open Monday through Friday when school is in session. VU-150, (360) 650-3112
Viqueen Lodge, a 800-square-foot old-growth fir lodge is located on Sinclair Island at the gateway to the San Juans. Extensive beach walks, interior island dirt roads ideal for mountain biking, salmon fishing and just being lazy highlight the activities at this popular facility. The rustic atmosphere, with no electricity, is softened by propane lights, stove, and fridge, as well as an air-tight wood stove for heating. The lodge is available year-round by contacting the VU Reservations Office. VU-536, (360) 650-6131
The Associated Students' Challenge program is a way for teams, clubs, and groups of students, University offices/agencies and faculty affinity groups to work on important topics such as: goal setting, leadership, effective communication, problem solving, trust, consensus-building, group roles, confidence and other valuable group and individual skills. The Challenge Program offers a sequence of activities specifically designed for each group to increase social and individual awareness and appreciation through safe physical and mental challenges, discussion and reflection. The Challenge Program has two venue-based offerings: The Lakewood Challenge Program (formerly known as the Challenge Course) and the Campus Challenge Program For more information, contact the Outdoor Center manager at (360) 650-3731.
Located on beautiful Lake Whatcom, the 4,000-square-foot Lakewood Watersports Facility contains a boat house, meeting lounge, locker rooms, and the manager's apartment. Over 60 watercraft, ranging from sailboards, to one-person Lasers, two-person Alphas, rowboats, canoes and kayaks provide hours of enjoyment for the Western Community. In addition, the site has a sand volleyball court, picnic tables and BBQ's, hiking trails, and a Ropes Challenge Course. Beginning, intermediate, advanced and instructor sailing classes are offered through the Physical Education Department, as well as via private lessons. The facility is staffed from 2 pm to dusk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as 10 am to dusk on weekends, during Fall and Spring Quarters; and from Noon to dusk, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to dusk on weekends during summer. 2035 Lake Whatcom BLVD. (360) 650-2900