Recreation Facilities

Lakewood Watersports Facility

Located on beautiful Lake Whatcom, the 4,000-square-foot Lakewood Watersports Facility contains a boat house, meeting lounge, locker rooms, and the manager's apartment. Over 60 watercraft, ranging from sailboards, to one-person Lasers, two-person Alphas, rowboats, canoes and kayaks provide hours of enjoyment for the Western Community. In addition, the site has a sand volleyball court, picnic tables and BBQ's, hiking trails, and a Ropes Challenge Course. Beginning, intermediate, advanced and instructor sailing classes are offered through the Physical Education Department, as well as via private lessons. The facility is staffed from 2 pm to dusk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as 10 am to dusk on weekends, during Fall and Spring Quarters; and from Noon to dusk, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to dusk on weekends during summer. 2035 Lake Whatcom BLVD., (360) 650-2900

The Challenge Program

The Associated Students' Challenge program is a way for teams, clubs, and groups of students, University offices/agencies and faculty affinity groups to work on important topics such as: goal setting, leadership, effective communication, problem solving, trust, consensus-building, group roles, confidence and other valuable group and individual skills. The Challenge Program offers a sequence of activities specifically designed for each group to increase social and individual awareness and appreciation through safe physical and mental challenges, discussion and reflection. The Challenge Program has two venue-based offerings: The Lakewood Challenge Program (formerly known as the Challenge Course) and the Campus Challenge Program For more information, contact the Outdoor Center manager at (360) 650-3731.

Viqueen Lodge

Viqueen Lodge, a 800-square-foot old-growth fir lodge is located on Sinclair Island at the gateway to the San Juans. Extensive beach walks, interior island dirt roads ideal for mountain biking, salmon fishing and just being lazy highlight the activities at this popular facility. The rustic atmosphere, with no electricity, is softened by propane lights, stove, and fridge, as well as an air-tight wood stove for heating. The lodge is available year-round by contacting the VU Reservations Office. VU-536, (360) 650-6131

Outdoor Center

The multi-faceted Outdoor Center is the centerpiece of the Associated Students' outdoor recreation offerings. Located on the first floor of the Viking Union, the OC provides: instructional trips; books, maps, magazines, and videos; rental equipment, including kayaks, rafts, backpacking, and cross-country ski packages; a do-it-yourself (with help from the staff) bicycle repair and retail facility; and excursions from the channels and bays of the San Juan Islands to the slopes of Mt. Baker and beyond. The Center is open Monday through Friday when school is in session. VU-150, (360) 650-3112

Campus Recreation Services

The Office of Campus Recreation Services provides each student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to become actively involved in an organized sport and recreation program. Services provided by Campus Recreation includes: Intramural Sports, Open Recreation, Instructional Classes, and Sport Clubs. Wade King Student Recreation Center (SV-138), (360) 650-3766

Arts & Entertainment

AS Productions

Are you tired of sitting in your room staring at the wall? Why not catch a free showing of a blockbuster hit on the big screen or catch a live show in the Multipurpose Room? These are just a couple of the spectacular activities the AS Productions team works to bring to campus and consequently to your treasure chest of college experiences.

VU Gallery

The Viking Union Gallery 507 is a student-curated exhibition space sponsored by Western Washington University's Associated Student Productions. Our primary focus is to contribute to the artistic culture of Bellingham community while promoting the artwork of Western's student and regional artists. We're located in room 507 on the fifth floor of the Viking Union Building on the Northwestern corner of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

KUGS 89.3 FM

KUGS is staffed by students and community volunteers who are committed to providing programming that encourages a greater understanding of the human differences and cultural pluralism within the University community and the world we live in. Through its programming, KUGS serves as a bridge from the University to the surrounding community. VU 700, (360) 650-4771


Your on-campus student operated television station, KVIK strives to produce professional quality television for the Associated Students and the Western Washington University community. VU 423, (360) 650-4771