Baker Lake

Baker Lake, Concrete: Address, Baker Lake Reviews: 4.5/5

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mrpesce
Doylestown, PA557 contributions
Family
I’ve read several reviews and I think people are blaming the lake for their experience. It’s is truly beautiful here. That being said, because it is it draws a lot of people. However it’s so big that you can find some alone space. If you plan on camping and having everything to yourself, this isn’t the place for you.
Written September 8, 2020
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orioncreative
Concrete, WA303 contributions
Solo
No trip to the North Cascades would be complete without a visit to Baker Lake.

Baker Lake is created by Upper Baker Dam that is run by Puget Sound Energy. The 319' dam creates the 9 mile long by .5 mile wide lake. Located mostly on Forest Service land several improved campgrounds are available on the good road that runs up the west side of the lake.

Located close to the dam is a public boat launch and there are more as you proceed up the lake. Fishing is great since it is enhanced by PSE and motorized boating is allowed.

Best part of the whole visit is the beautiful views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and the general area you can see as you drive there and along the lake.

Take the Baker Lake Rd. near Birdsview north for an easy 10 mile drive to the dam via lake Tyee. From the dam just follow Forest Service road NF#11 up the west side.

Or one can take a slightly different route from Concrete up Burpee Hill Rd. to Lake Tyee and then onto Baker Lake Rd. Although a bit more scenic, I wouldn't recommend this route for RVs though.
Written March 8, 2013
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D M
Clinton, WA458 contributions
Family
Very quiet after Labor Day. Beautiful and almost on the lake, just a short walk. Boat ramp and good fishing, I hear, though I didn't go. Camping sites are not real private, but after school starts, we had one area to ourselves. The best part---it's free after Labor Day
Written September 6, 2014
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L H
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Family
Complete lack of parking for swimming area. It was the first day in 2 years I got to spend time with my 3 grandkids. Arrived early morning just to find all car parking taken. People parking in ridiculous manners. Chose a space near a campsite on back side of the loop leaving plenty of space if a camper arrived. Got ticketed. And accosted by extremely rude lady. There are very, very few regular parking spots. Will avoid Baker Lake from now on.
Written August 18, 2020
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Radvany
Bellingham, WA39 contributions
Family
Last summer we camped at the Baker Lake Swift creek campground. The place itself was pretty nice. Neighbors, not so much. Apparently this is a well known “party place” for the locals. The second night was capped by a a scene from 10p-2a that surpassed even Jerry Springer standards. There were no camp hosts to be found and we couldn't call the police because there was no cell phone coverage. Actually kind of scary.
When we pulled in we were greeted by our neighbors cars in our campsite. They were reasonable and pretty quick to move them. By early evening these neighbors were drunk and loud and their vocabulary was primarily composed of loudly slurred words I had been trying to avoid teaching my 5 and 8 year old girls. When I politely asked them to quiet down they promptly called me a few more of these names and started screaming louder. Not that it really mattered because they were already keeping us up. They remained quiet till about noon the next day.
The next night we moved to share a friends camp site around the bend. Our 3rd party who remained behind described a scene of alcohol fueled domestic violence... No police or camp hosts on scene. Our friends were genuinely frightened and afraid to come out of their tent.
Bottom line? Hard to get to but beautiful spot with a nice lake that is good for swimming and boating in the shadow of Mt Baker. I think some people go there to behave in ways that would have legal ramifications in civilization. I'm not going back. Lots of good spots nearer by without similar concerns.
Written July 6, 2014
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Lucyan
Seattle, WA943 contributions
Couples
Spent one night by Baker Lake at Shannon Creek Campground before backpacking North Cascades and Mount Shuksan. Very small and quiet campground. Vault toilet, no drinkable water. Very nice, lots of options for boating and fishing. Close to trails.
Written July 23, 2018
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waroadtraveler
seattle48 contributions
Family
We stayed at Shannon Creek campground, one of a few managed under contract and within the Mt Baker/ Snoqualmie National Park boundary. It had everything I love- small grounds, privacy, clean, quiet at night; but had none of the things pseudo campers like (showers, paved trails, pull through sites, electricity). In other words, bring your own water, your hiking boots, be ready to rough it. Also, get trail maps ahead of time if you're hiking, none to be found out there, although there are several great trails.

The area has the feel of a true reserve, very little logging, plenty of wild life, great views of Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan. We met frogs, mice, chipmunks, and even saw snow and bear scat on our day hike. Lake was a bit chilly for swimming, but highly recommend the swim area at Swift Creek Campground for those brave enough to freeze their naughty bits.
Written June 28, 2014
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Wishin_to_travel
Lynden, WA21 contributions
We were lucky enough to be able to spend the night and full day at one of the Baker Lake Campgrounds over the Memorial Day Weekend with some friends. Such a quiet campground, huge campsites, trails to explore, kayaking, beaches, and so much more.
Written May 28, 2018
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Soggyinsnoqualmie
Snoqualmie, WA289 contributions
Family
Have lived in wa for decades yet never actually camped at the lake, wife who lived in mt vernon all childhood never had been at all. We went up here with the intent of a day trip to the hot springs but ended up staying for the weekend. There are a lot of campgrounds and non campground campsites. do your research prior to heading out so you have somewhat of a plan but realized that even on labor day weekend most campgrounds had space. If boating you can access the lake from many launches and most have overnight parking for trailer and or vehicle if you choose(most charge a fee). I personally would be more comfortable leaving the truck and trailer at a staffed campsite. there does seem to be primitive camping available on the roadless side of the lake via using your boat. As for the hot springs, do your research here as well and don't be expecting too much but forget the horror stories of garbage/parties and scary people. We found a clean site with families and hot/smelly sulfur water and then headed to the lake to cool off.
Written September 5, 2017
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Gina Marie Ange... W
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Friends
Beautiful lake! Caught 2 sockeye salmon good size. Alot of other fishermen on the lake though it's only the 2nd week of opening. Had a great time will definitely be back!!
Written July 15, 2017
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