Upper Whatcom Falls is the first of the major waterfalls along Whatcom Creek. The creek spills through a small dam, used to divert water to the nearby fish hatchery, then turns hard left and sluices through the bedrock for about 10 vertical feet (probably less, actually). When Whatcom Creek is running high, the falls are much more impressive (and visible), stretching as much as 50-60 feet wide. Located between Upper Whatcom Falls and Whatcom Falls is a small 2-3 foot ledge that creates a pretty little cascade that some refer to as Middle Whatcom Falls (though in reality its too insignificant to warrant naming).
- Upper Whatcom Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
To reach this site, drive to Bellingham on I-5 and exit on Lakeway Drive, turning east, and proceed about 2 miles to the signed Whatcom Falls Park. Follow the road to the parking area near the fish hatchery. From the footbridge over Whatcom Falls, walk upstream for about 1/5 mile to where the noisy falls can be seen. You can obtain views from the opposite side by finding a path that leads upstream from near the fish hatchery.