50 guests maximum for events prior to June 30
Reservations open on March 29th
by phone only 360-778-5850
Facility open for use on April 12
50 guests maximum for events prior to June 30th
To Check Availability or Request a Reservation
Fill out a Reservation Request Form
To Cancel a Reservation
Call 360-778-5850 or email
This picnic area is adjacent to the grass fields and close to the river. This site has a mix of sun and shade. The capacity for this site is 50 people but with prior approval and a fee can accommodate up to 100. Learn more about Hovander Homestead Park.
Hours change based on sunset time and are posted at the park entrance and at the parking lot.
Daily Rental Rates
Whatcom County Residents: $75 (up to 50 people)
Non-Residents: $95 (up to 50 people)
Non-Refundable Reservation Fee: $13
Optional Add-On Fees
Alcohol Use Fee: $60
Waste Removal Fee: $20
Additional 50 People: $50 (approval required)
Sports Equipment: $10
Stock Tubs: $10/each
5299 Nielsen Road
Ferndale, WA 98248
From I-5 (North or South)
Take I-5 Exit 262
Turn west onto Main Street, toward downtown Ferndale
Immediately after the railroad underpass make a sharp left onto Hovander Road
Turn right onto Nielsen Avenue and follow the signs to Hovander Park
Free parking for the Red Picnic Area is in the main Hovander parking lot.
Can I bring my own BBQ grill?
Yes, you can bring your own grill but you are responsible for the safe operation of your grill.
Can I bring my dog(s)?
Yes, but dogs must remain on a 6' (maximum) leash at all times.
Can I bring my own pop-up canopy?
You may put up your own pop-up canopy as long as it is within the confines of your rented picnic area and you do not stake it into/damage the ground. If a canopy impedes park enjoyment for others or becomes a safety hazard due to high winds the ranger may request that you remove the canopy. You are responsible for any injury or damage caused by a tent/canopy blown away in the wind.
Can I decorate the facility?
All sites must be left in a "leave no trace" state. Users can use decorations, confetti, etc., but everything needs to be picked up before you leave.
Do I still need a "Liquor License" if I've paid the $60 Alcohol Use Fee to Whatcom County Parks?
The Alcohol Use Fee charged by Whatcom County Parks is not a liquor license. To find out if you need a State of Washington Banquet Permit please check here. It is your responsibility to research and follow all laws pertaining to alcohol use at your event.
Customers are required to leave the facility in the same condition as when they arrived. Garbage and recycling must be removed from the premises unless the customer has paid the optional waste disposal fee.
Determining Whatcom County Residency