Although not located directly alongside Baker Lake, Boulder Creek Campground is certainly not an outdoor overnight spot to overlook. Here, 10 spacious and private campsites are distributed along the banks of Boulder Creek (runoff from Mount Baker's Boulder Glacier) and are, in the eye's of many, ideally removed from the chaos of some of the reservoir's more popular campgrounds. The campground unfortunately does not provide potable water, but it does feature vault toilets, seven car-accessible campsites, two walk-in sites, and a large group site. Nearby and far busier Horseshoe Cove or Swift Creek Campground are the closest locations for more amenities including potable water and beach and boat ramp access onto Baker Lake.
Note: Boulder Creek Campground is typically open Memorial Day through the end of September. Call Hoodoo Recreation Services at 541.338.7869 for detailed seasonal updates and more information.
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 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, and campsites can be difficult to claim at all 10 of the reservoirs 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:
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.