Teddy Bear Cove - Coastal Paddling

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Teddy Bear Cove is a gorgeous cove at the base of the Chuckanut Mountains, perfect for sea kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, as well as catching amazing sunsets.

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Brian Bates


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.9 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1 hour - 1 day


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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Teddy Bear Cove



Teddy Bear Cove is a sunset destination and gateway to paddling in Chuckanut Bay. Small beaches on both sides of the tiny point are excellent for putting-in kayaks and paddleboards. Come for the sea, and stay for the sunset.

What Makes It Great

The water is flat and calm in the cove on the north side of the point, and the bay water is smooth when it opens up on the south side of the point. Explore the coastline of the Chuckanut Bay and venture out to the rock islands (no camping).

This is also a fantastic location to wade in and swim around with the bioluminescence when in season. The organisms light up on contact, so watch yourself light up like a Christmas tree when you move around the water. It works best in the dark, at night time. Bioluminescence season is late summer - early fall. When in season, Teddy bear Cove is frequented by locals of all ages as they come to swim with the beautiful lights.

Who is Going to Love It

Teddy Bear is known as one of the most beautiful sight-seeing spots in the Chuckanuts. The views are always scenic with the water a glassy-smooth surface reflecting the sun, begging to be captured in a photo.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Bellingham, drive south on Chuckanut Drive. Shortly after the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, you will pass Spokane Street and Woodstock Farms. As the road straightens out, on your right is a sign for Teddy Bear Cove. There is then a small pull-out, which you can park along on the left side against the bushes. From there, take the trail down. If full, you can park back in the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead, and walk along the Interurban Trail for about half a mile. There is a sign on your right marking the stairs down to Teddy Bear Cove: carefully cross Chuckanut Drive and head down. From the bottom of the trail, you can go either north or south on the train tracks, there are beaches on both sides of the small point. The cove is to your right, and that beach is best for putting-in.

The approach is a couple switchbacks down to the shore about 0.2 miles long. 

Paddleboarders shouldn't have too much trouble carrying their board, but it can be difficult for kayakers.

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Teddy Bear Cove

Teddy Bear Cove
Bellingham, WA, 98229
48.693847, -122.494683

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