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Lake Whatcom 2022 Splash In

  • 23 Jul 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sudden Valley, Lake Whatcom, WA


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The Washington Seaplane Pilots Association is hosting a pop-up splash-in at the Sudden Valley Marina Picnic Shelter on Lake Whatcom on Saturday, 23 July from 11:00AM - 3:00PM.

  • This is a free, bring-your-own-picnic event.
  • WSPA will provide coffee, water, sodas, and light snacks.
  • Meet at the Marina Picnic Shelter.
  • Feel free to drive-in if you are unable to fly in.
  • Use 122.90 on approach and departure from Lake Whatcom.
  • See Attached Aerial Images for Preferred docking/beaching locations.
  • Observe Invasive Species Guidelines below. Inspect plane before arrival.
    • WSPA will handle the requested reporting for you.
  • Fly Quiet. Dial that prop back unless you really need all those RPMs.
  • Be safe and have fun.
  • No Registration Required. Just Show up.

There will likely be a few impromptu talks and “hangar flying”. There will certainly be lots of good seaplane chatter. Come & enjoy. We have invited Tegan Ward, Aquatics Invasive Species Coordinator for the City of Bellingham, to give WSPA an update on the AIS program for Lakes Whatcom and Samish.

There are lots of other seaplane accessible destinations in the area that you might consider working into your plan for the day. Take a look at our Destinations Map by clicking this link.

Questions? Contact Don Goodman, 360-303-7076, donaldjg56@gmail.com

See you Saturday, 23 July!


In January 2015, WSPA and the Lake Whatcom Management Team (administratively led by the City of Bellingham) concluded negotiations on a cooperative agreement relative to aquatic invasive species (AIS) and seaplane operations on Lakes Whatcom and Samish. A synopsis of the agreement is as follows: 

  • All pilots operating on either lake will:
    • View the seaplane AIS training video at:  https://www.seaplaneaistraining.com/ 
    • Complete the video quiz and receive a certificate of completion
    • Carry a copy of the Cooperative Agreement and pilot completion certificate onboard the aircraft
  • In addition to the above, pilots operating Resident Seaplanes (a seaplane based at either lake), will have the aircraft inspected by City inspection staff and purchase an annual AIS permit ($50) which shall be affixed to the aircraft or carried onboard the aircraft.
  • The City is requesting pilots voluntarily submit a periodic report of operational activity on either lake including landings on water bodies other than Whatcom and Samish. 
  • Additional requirements exist if the aircraft has operated from a water body known to be infested with Quagga or Zebra mussels.

Again this year the City of Bellingham is requesting that any pilots/owners with seaplanes based at Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish make an appointment with inspection staff to get their planes inspected and permitted for 2022 by calling (360) 778-7975. 

WSPA is encouraging local pilots to make visiting pilots aware of this cooperative agreement. The risk of AIS introduction into our local lakes is real and we all want to enjoy and benefit from continued floatplane operations on Lakes Whatcom and Samish. For more information on AIS floatplane ops on Lake Whatcom and to read the Cooperative Agreement, visit the link provided here. https://whatcomboatinspections.com/seaplane-pilots

Don Goodman
WSPA - Secretary          



Report an entry for each landing on Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish that includes:

1.    Date of the landing

2.    Origin of the flight

3.    Other lakes visited on trip

Send to:
Teagan Ward

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