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Tennant Lake Park

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • Tennant Lake Interpretive Center and Frangrance Garden.- Tennant Lake Park
  • Ornamental onion (Allium schubertii).- Tennant Lake Park
  • A master gardner watering the fragrance garden.- Tennant Lake Park
  • A bench shaded by Orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa). - Tennant Lake Park
  • Arctic summer mullein (Bombyciferum verbascum) and fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).- Tennant Lake Park
  • A view of the Tennant Lake Marsh.- Tennant Lake Park
  • Heading up the 50-foot lookout tower.- Tennant Lake Park
  • A view of Tennant Lake from the tower.- Tennant Lake Park
  • Looking down at the gate for the Tennant Lake Marsh Trail.- Tennant Lake Park
  • A view of the interpretive center and fragrance garden from the tower.- Tennant Lake Park
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Tennant Lake Park
  • Snow in summer (Cerastium tomentosum).- Tennant Lake Park
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
50-foot lookout tower. Fragrance garden. Marsh boardwalk.
Cons: 
Inconsistent hours throughout the year.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Just outside the Ferndale city limits, Tennant Lake Park expands east from popular Hovander Homestead Park. The 624-acre site is covered with extensive wetlands, deciduous forests, and riparian vegetation. The shallow lake attracts a host of migratory birds and other fascinating wildlife, all of which can be best observed from the Tennant Lake Marsh Boardwalk.

The interpretive center is a great place to start, and it offers hands-on displays and maps that explain the flora, fauna and natural processes encountered throughout the park. Just outside is the award-winning fragrance garden, where raised beds elevate examples of over 200 plant species. During blooming season, a slow stroll through the garden’s intense blend of colors and scents makes for a sensational experience.

Perhaps the most conspicuous structure on the grounds is the 50-foot observation tower. Views from the top offer a fun perspective on the lands below. Also, the tower is rigged with a unique monitor system that allows disabled visitors to observe first-person views from the base. Looking east, cloudless skies enhance the scenery, with Mount Baker rising wide and tall over the North Cascades.

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