Whistle Lake

Anacortes, Washington 98221

Whistle Lake

Whistle Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This is a nice woodland romp to a good-sized lake ?anked with towering timber and mossy ledges that bleed wild?ower blossoms in the spring.

Whistle Lake is a popular place for summer splashing and casting and in spring for busy birdsong and bountiful bouquets—come in winter for the misty solace. Eagles, woodpeckers, and owls hang around all year, adding excitement to the primeval surroundings."

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"This gorgeous former city watershed has become the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. Because it has been protected for decades, Whistle Lake and its network of forest trails have a quiet woodland beauty. Children will think that the lake, seen from several overlooks, is like a wilderness fjord, with its rocky cliffs, steep island, and forested shoreline.

The wonder is that because of the low elevation, this area can be enjoyed at any time of year. With life vests, younger children can safely play on the steep shore or swim in the deep lake. The day we were there a platoon of small, happy children were all swimming and splashing, wearing life vests."

Whistle Lake Reviews

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Gorgeous hike along Whistle Lake. Easy to find, well maintained trail with moderate elevation which makes it a great hike for kids. If you want the easier route once you park, go through gated entrance and take trail to the right. (we have a mom's hike group so we are trekking with small children and babies so we opted for this route) Beautiful flora and fauna-gorgeous views of the lake. The loop was too long for us but we went about a mile or so in and turned around.
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This is a lovely multi-purpose trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners alike. The trail hugs the lake for part, and then you spend most of the time in a beautiful forest. One note of caution - the parking lot is truly a high-prowl activity place. We had a large group in 3 cars - 2 of which were broken into. The police said we were cars 20 and 21 this month. Don't leave anything you want to keep in your car.

Whistle Lake Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation, Community Forest Lands
Local Contacts
Green Trails Deception Pass/Anacortes Community Forest Lands No. 41S
Local Maps