Schell Creek, located in Ferndale, is 3 miles long and drains over 2,333 acres of land.
Main Land Use:
  • The main land use around Schell Creek is residential and urban.
Fish Status:
  • Schell Creek provides habitat for coho, chum, and cutthroat trout.
Interesting Facts:
  • Schell Creek gets 35 inches of rainfall annually.
  • It is a tributary to Lummi River, one of the original mouths of the Nooksack.
  • Humans inhabited the Schell Creek sub-basin for about 10,000 years.
  • A section of the creek has been truncated and runs under a local playground.
Restoration Projects: Since 1999 the Lummi tribe has been working on extensive restoration projects on Schell Creek.  NSEA has been working on a restoration project along the creek since 1994.
Water Quality Monitoring: NSEA partners with the City of Ferndale and Windward High School to monitor water quality along Schell Creek. Click here to view water quality data from 2008 to 2011.
Schools within the Watershed:
  • Central Elementary, Ferndale High, Mountain View Elementary, Skyline Elementary, and Vista Middle School.
Schell Creek is part of NSEA's Stream Stewards Program.