The best place to camp is at Pine Lake on the peninsula. You will see a floating boardwalk that will take you left out to the campsite.
Steep but short hike, but hey, it's close to town! A 15 minute drive from downtown Bellingham and you get yourself a secluded, quiet lake.
Pone Lake is prettier and has fun boardwalks to explore, but the campsites at Cedar Lake are better (bigger and flatter). Log benches mark the campsites as well as the remnants of past fires, but please mind fire bans, and don't forage!
No toilets, but pets allowed. Bring bug spray! Swimming is possible if you don't harm any shoteplants on your way in.
Close to Bellingham, no bay views but nice scenery, little lake, and dense forest nonetheless. Good steep trails nearby and charming boardwalks. Campsites are all surrounded by dense forest and many have views of the little lake. People were fishing in the lakes here but we were hiking. Fairly empty.
This is a great campsite. It's at the end of a short but steep hike. There are a few campsites along the lakes, but the best one is on the island at Pine lake. There is a boardwalk that gets you there. I've camped there a few times and always loved it. Heads up, it's first come first serve for these sites.