Bellingham Channel

Skagit County, Washington.

Bellingham Channel ends in Anacortes, Washington.

3 feet (1 meters)

15014302.26 miles (24163184.73 sq kilometers)

About The Bellingham Channel

About Bellingham Channel, WA

The Bellingham Channel, to which the Nooksack River flows, is in the Salish Sea in Washington. The bay borders the southeastern portion of the Chuckanut Mountains, the eastern region of Bellingham City, and the southern part of Samish Bay. The passage is separated from the Strait of Georgia, Lunmi Island, Portage Island, and Lunmi Peninsula.

Originally given the name  “Seno Gaston”, the Bellingham Channel was first visited by Jose Marie Narvaez in the Santa Saturnina in 1971, on board a schooner. A year later, the bay was named after Sir William Bellingham who served for the British Royal Navy. He was in the first British expedition that set foot on the bay.

The Bellingham Channel was subject to constant development after the first settlers decided to make it their home. Following about a hundred and fifty years of development, the channel had lost about 282 acres of marine land, primarily intertidal estuarine habitats. Its shoreline had also been altered due to construction being done to build the City of Bellingham. Fortunately, there still remain incredibly important habitats such as the “pocket estuaries” which - allow the fish species in the channel to thrive.

Bellingham Channel Fishing Description