Whatcom County Picture of Outdoors

M uch of the county is mountainous (and part of National Forest and National Parks). Fifty miles east of Bellingham lies the highest peak in the North Cascade mountain range, Mount Baker (10,778 feet), an ice-clad volcano.
Our county was created by territorial legislature on March 9, 1854. At that time, Whatcom County took in all of present-day Skagit, Island and San Juan counties. For a brief history of the county click here.

Home Rule Charter

There are thirty-nine counties in Washington. By virtue of its "Home Rule Charter" adopted in 1978, Whatcom County is one of only four counties in the state that have a "county constitution." This constitution or "Charter" gives control of county affairs to the people of the county rather than the state legislature.