Baker Lake, Bayview South Group Campsite

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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Baker Lake, Bayview South Group Campsite

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  • Parking area for Bayview South Group Campsite.- Baker Lake, Bayview South Group Campsite
  • View of Baker Lake inlet from Bayview South Group Campsite.- Baker Lake, Bayview South Group Campsite
  • View of Baker Lake inlet from Bayview South Group Campsite.- Baker Lake, Bayview South Group Campsite
  • Bayview South Group Campsite.- Baker Lake, Bayview South Group Campsite
  • Bayview South Group Campsite.- Baker Lake, Bayview South Group Campsite
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Large campsite ideal for large groups. Access to Baker Lake.
Cons: 
No potable water. Limited views.
Region:
Mount Baker Area, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Camping fee: 
$75.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Group sites: 
1
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Light snow in the morning and overnight.
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Snow (under 1 in.) in the morning and evening.
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Mixed precipitation until evening.
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Mostly cloudy until evening.
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Tue

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Wed

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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By far Baker Lake's biggest group campsite, and arguably one of its best, Bayview South Group Campsite is ideal for large family or organization campouts. With a capacity of up to 100 people, the campsite can accommodate even the largest groups. The campsite features picnic tables, a large campfire ring, and a primitive vault toilet. Unfortunately, views, potable water, and boat ramp access aren't provided and are best found at nearby Horseshoe Cove Campground. If the South Campsite is already reserved, try adjacent Bayview North Group Campsite.

Note: Bayview South Group Campsite is typically open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Call Hoodoo Recreation Services at 541.338.7869 for seasonal updates and more information.

Baker Lake

Once a low-lying flat with a small lake, extremely dense old-growth and wetland marshes, Baker Lake was flooded and submerged by over 300 feet in 1959 with the construction of the Upper Baker Dam. Today, the elongated reservoir at the base of Mount Baker (10,781') and Mount Shuksan (9,131') is still luckily surrounded by magnificent old-growth conifer forest (dominated by Douglas fir, western redcedar and western hemlock) and measures roughly 9 miles in length.

Extremely popular among locals for its fishing and motorized boating, the National Recreation Area fills to capacity during the summer months with campsites difficult to claim at all 10 of the reservoir's established and reservable campgrounds, including (from north to south):

The reservoir also provides four additional boat/hike-in campgrounds/sites on its southeastern shore that are accessible by boat/kayak and the South Baker Lake Trail. From north to south:

  • Noisy Creek Campsites
  • Silver Creek Campsites
  • Maple Grove Campsites
  • Anderson Point Campsites

Fishing

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Baker Lake is

open to fishing from the 4th Saturday in April to October 31. Fishing in this Baker River reservoir (Baker Lake) can be excellent for kokanee in April, May, and June and again in the fall. There is a six-inch minimum, 18-inch maximum size limit on trout and kokanee. An expanding sockeye population may provide frequent fishing opportunities in the future. The duration and timing of the sockeye fishery varies with in-season abundance. Baker Lake is closed to the taking of bull trout/Dolly Varden. Additionally, a radius of 200 feet surrounding the pump discharge at the south end of the lake is closed to all fishing.

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