The 88-acre Lake Geneva
Preserve combines six adjacent land purchases. It sits atop a steep,
forested hillside above Strawberry Point, on the south side of Lake
Whatcom. A small plateau of sandstone ridges affords sweeping views of
Lake Whatcom and the surrounding foothills. Intermingled within the
ridges, small wetland ponds and streams drain northwest into Lake Whatcom.
The City and County jointly own the original 36-acre Anderson parcel,
including Lake Geneva, a man-made, five-acre lake. Waterfowl and wildlife
nest, feed, and rest at this secluded water feature, surrounded by large
overhanging trees. A number of dramatic waterfalls cascade over exposed
The formal trail on the lake portion of the Preserve officially connects
the publicly owned property to the Stimpson Reserve trail system and can
be accessed by way of the Stimpson Nature Walk from Lake Louise Road.
The Lake Geneva Preserve, registered in perpetuity as a conservation site,
allows the City to directly protect the land while continuing to ensure
the water quality and the natural features of the Lake Whatcom Watershed.
The area's mature trees, in combination with intact wetlands and small
streams, provide excellent natural stormwater retention and filtration.
Enhanced by the land's structural complexity and biological diversity,
this Preserve attracts, conserves and improves wildlife habitat, while
offering passive, nature-oriented public recreational opportunities.
- 88 acres; 47 units removed from development