Lummi Island Natural Resources Conservation Area

A view of Puget Sound.
This 661-acre conservation area in northern Puget Sound includes forested shorelines with steep, rocky headlands.  An uneven-aged mixed forest dominated by old growth Douglas-fir provides a combination of habitat features that makes it attractive to bald eagles, other birds of prey and marine birds.  
Features Protected: This site provides an uneven-aged mixed forest, making it very appealing to birds of prey. 
Ecoregion: Puget Trough (Whatcom County)

Looking down on the water from steep cliffs.Science, Research and Monitoring

Public and private universities, other research institutions and individual researchers may contact DNR to propose a research project at the site. If you are interested in pursuing research at Lummi Island NRCA, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at  

Environmental Education and Public Access 

Currently no formal educational programs are available at Lummi Island NRCA. The Lummi Island Natural Resources Conservation Area has public access opportunities at the Lummi Island Campground. For more information, contact the DNR Northwest Region natural areas manager.
  • Dogs allowed on leash. 
  • Campsites are first come, first served. No reservation.
  • Practice leave no trace principles and pack out what you pack in.
  • Enjoy campfires in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Bring your own firewood; no firewood gathering from the conservation area. Check for burn bans
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. Please purchase firewood near your campsite. Find more information here
Low-impact Recreation Sites
Lummi Island Campground
This five-campsite campground, within the Lummi Island Natural Resources Conservation Area, offers views of Samish Island and Bellingham Bay. The site is maintained by the Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts.
Directions: Boat access only.