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National Volunteer Week Beach Clean-Up/Chapter Kick-Off (April 29th)
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When: Saturday, April 29
Where: Locust Beach
Bellingham, Washington 
Contact: Laura Reedy

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The Bellingham/NW Washington chapter’s first service event will be at the end of National Volunteer Week, on Saturday, April 29th.  It is co-sponsored by WWU's Students in Action club, which was founded by Students in Service team AmeriCorps members.   Please join us on the beach.  Register by emailing Laura Reedy at

We will be cleaning Locust Beach.  Locust Beach is located along the Northwest edge of Bellingham Bay to the east of the Nooksack River delta. It is a narrow, rocky beach at the bottom of an overgrown bluff with lots of driftwood. The beach is made up of large rocks and bricks from a historic demolished industrial site. At low tide, the rocks stop abruptly and the beach becomes muddy for a quarter mile out to where the Nooksack River flows. The only permanent manmade structures are old piers sticking out of the mud and the Bellingham breakwater is about a mile north from the access trail.


This is a popular place to have bonfires or to take your dogs; there is a lot of human activity. It is not uncommon to come across transient camps or driftwood shelters. An art class at Fairhaven College frequents this beach for outdoor art purposes. Abandoned bonfire pits are common along the length of the beach. Garbage mainly includes styrofoam, cigarette butts, broken glass, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, golf balls and aluminum cans. The amount of trash present varies from medium to large. This beach has a history of human activity and industry. There are no public facilities. The beach does not appear to be maintained.


Accessing Locust Beach can be tricky. It is located at the end of Locust Drive, which is a small dirt road about 5 miles northwest of from downtown Bellingham. There are 3 or 4 unofficial parking spaces along the left side of the road. Locust Drive dead ends near the beach and there is not much space for turning your car around. There is no bus access. DO NOT TRESPASS IN LOCAL DRIVEWAYS! The access trail begins under the railroad tracks to the right. A gravel trail skirts a blackberry-infested ditch and crosses through the edge of a large grass field before heading down the bluff via a steep but well maintained dirt trail with stairs. The trail is about a 5 minute walk. It is not handicapped accessible.

  Driving Directions


From I-5 South:

-           Take Bakerview Road exit #258 to the Bellingham Airport.

-           Turn right at Bakerview Rd.

-           Turn left onto Bennett Dr.

-           Turn right onto McAlpine Rd.

-           Turn left on Locust Drive, continue past Marine Drive to its end.

-           Parking is on the left-hand side of the road.


From I-5 North:

-           Take the Lakeway exit #253 off I-5.

-           Turn right onto Lakeway Drive.

-           Turn a soft right onto East Holly.

-           Follow East Holly through Downtown Bellingham.

-           East Holly turns into West Holly, which turns into Eldridge Ave., and then becomes Marine Drive. Keep driving straight.

-           Turn left onto Locust Drive. Follow the road to the end; parking is on the left-hand side.


Alternative Transportation:

The Whatcom Transit Authority does not have a bus that services this area of Marine Drive.

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