Camping at Baker Lake
Highway 20 near Concrete Washington
Baker Lake is located near Concrete Washington, just past Baker Lake Resort. We camped there last summer for 3 days and aside from a few “pests”, we had an overall great time. Some friends knew of a spot along the road where a few makeshift campsites are set up next to the lake, and you can camp without a fee and it is completely private. Of course there are some drawbacks, no bathrooms or garbage cans, but we are used to hiking so we made do.
When we arrived it was after dark and they had camp already set up. We couldn’t appreciate how amazing the campsite was, especially the view of Mt. Baker, until the sun came up the next morning. We were amazed at how peaceful the lake was, and how much privacy we had.
What a great spot for camping!
Our friends had set up hammocks, horseshoes, and a tree swing was already provided, the perfect set up for five kids and four tired adults. The kids had a great time playing near the lake in a clearing, climbing on boulders and collecting treasures.
Swimming in the lake was a high point for everybody. It was pretty warm and we needed to cool off. The water wasn’t too cold, and after a while it felt great.
Our friend rented a boat for the day so we took the kids boating and fishing. It seemed as though we were the only people out on the nine mile long lake, and it was the weekend!
The kids took turns jumping out of the boat into the water, and we headed for a spot south of us where some trails are located along with a very cold rushing creek. The kids loved taking turns sitting in the front of the boat, feeling the spray of the water.
The only downside to our weekend was at night. There are resident field mice around the campsite and you can hear them scurrying around at night. The second night we forgot to get rid of our garbage bag which hung on the tree next to the tent I was sleeping in. Through the tent window, I could see the mice going in and out of the garbage bag, creating a swinging motion. I am not very tolerant of rodents, so I didn’t get much sleep that night. Other than that, the campsite was amazing.(You can see in this picture the white garbage bag and the tent I was sleeping in!)
The day we left, we decided to visit the dam that created the lake from the Baker River. We then found a popular fishing spot and fished the rest of the day where we stayed until dusk, determined to catch a few fish.
We were all were competing for the largest catch.
And the winner was….
If anyone is interested in this amazing camping spot, and you don’t mind a few mice, the spot is rather easy to find. Take Hwy 20, North Cascades Hwy, and turn left on Baker Lake Road. You’ll drive for quite a while, then after you pass Baker Lake Resort, it is one of the larger campsites on the right side of the road. You will have to park on the side of the road, but not too many cars pass by.