Park Creek Campground

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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Pros: 
Less crowded than other Baker Lake campgrounds. Large and private sites.
Cons: 
Little access to Park Creek or Baker Lake.
Region:
Mount Baker Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Camping fee: 
$12.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
General Day Use Fee ($5.00)
Tent/Car sites: 
12
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Unlike most of the campgrounds surrounding Baker Lake, Park Creek Campground is unfortunately removed from the turquoise waters of the glacial-fed reservoir, nestled under a grove of old-growth roughly a half mile west of the shoreline. It sits alongside Park Creek (runoff from Mount Baker's Park Glacier), but here too, the campground unfortunately has little access to the creek that rushes by almost unannounced.

Park Creek Campground does provide 12 very large, private, and quiet campsites removed from the hustle and bustle of Baker Lake's other campgrounds and day use areas. In many ways Park Creek serves as an overflow campground for Baker Lake National Recreation Area, but for many who know the area well, it is sought after for being everything that the other campground's aren't.

Note: Park Creek Campground 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, 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:

  • 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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