Lake Padden

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Lake Padden
Lake Padden from west pier.jpg
Lake Padden
Location Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington
Coordinates 48°42′17″N 122°27′47″W / 48.70472°N 122.46306°W / 48.70472; -122.46306Coordinates: 48°42′17″N 122°27′47″W / 48.70472°N 122.46306°W / 48.70472; -122.46306[1]
Type reservoir, natural lake[2]
Primary outflows Padden Creek[3]
Catchment area 2.63 sq mi (6.8 km2)[3]
Basin countries United States
Surface area 160 acres (65 ha)[3]
Average depth 27 ft (8.2 m)[3]
Max. depth 59 ft (18 m)[3]
Water volume 4,300 acre·ft (5,300,000 m3)[3]
Shore length1 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)[3]
Surface elevation 447 ft (136 m)[4]
References [1][2][3][4]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Padden is a lake located in Bellingham, Washington, United States. The park is popular during the spring and summer, and features numerous picnic areas as well as playgrounds. There are also numerous trails located around the lake and throughout the surrounding forest that are used for hiking and biking. A public golf course is located along the eastern shore. A significant piece of geography besides the lake itself is a 1000-foot ridge that separates the lake from I-5 to the south. [5]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Padden
  2. ^ a b Part 16: Whatcomb County in "Lakes of Washington, Volume 1", Water Supply Bulletin 14 (1973), p. 530
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Data on Selected Lakes in Washington, Part 5" (PDF).  (10.7 MB) in Water Supply Bulletin 42, Part 5 (1976), p. 76-79
  4. ^ a b Reconnaissance Data on Lakes in Washington, Volume 1 in Water Supply Bulletin 43, volume 1 (1976), p. 206/207
  5. ^ Bellingham, WA : Lake Padden Park