Lake Padden

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Lake Padden
Lake Padden from west pier.jpg
Lake Padden
LocationBellingham, Whatcom County, Washington
Coordinates48°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]
Typereservoir, natural lake[2]
Primary outflowsPadden Creek[3]
Catchment area2.63 sq mi (6.8 km2)[3]
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area160 acres (65 ha)[3]
Average depth27 ft (8.2 m)[3]
Max. depth59 ft (18 m)[3]
Water volume4,300 acre⋅ft (5,300,000 m3)[3]
Shore length12.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)[3]
Surface elevation447 ft (136 m)[4]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Padden is a lake located in Bellingham, Washington, United States. It was named for a homesteader in the area, Michael Padden.[5] 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 1,000-foot (300 m) ridge that separates the lake from Interstate 5 to the south. [6]


  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. ^ Joy, Aaron (1999). A History of Bellingham's parks: a historical & photographical tour. Bellingham, WA: A.M. Joy. p. 75. OCLC 42418619.
  6. ^ Bellingham, WA : Lake Padden Park