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Baker Lake Sea Kayaking

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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Baker Lake Sea Kayaking

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  • The view of Mount Shuskan (9,131') from the Kulshan Campground boat launch.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Exploring the Dry Creek inlet.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Coming in for a landing on the west side of Baker Lake.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Taking a break on a beach. Anderson Butte (5,720') in the background.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Heading north on Baker Lake. Mount Blum (7,680') is in the distance.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Mount Baker (10,781') from Baker Lake.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Mount Baker (10,781') from Baker Lake.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Looking northwest at the Swift Creek Campground.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The far northeastern shore of Baker Lake.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Some small, thorny berries.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The cooling afternoon winds increase the size of the waves on Baker Lake.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • A close-up of the boat with Dock Butte (5,239') in the distance.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Looking toward the south end of Baker Lake. - Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Paddling south on Baker Lake with Mount Baker off to the west.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The haze from the fires in eastern Washinton makes for dramatic sunsets.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • A canoe occupies one of Baker Lake's many backcountry campsites.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • The water calms and condensation collects on the kayak after the sun sets.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Getting a closer look at the Upper Baker Dam in the last remaining light of the day.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
  • Upper Baker Dam.- Baker Lake Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Excellent views of Mount Baker. Lots to explore. Big lake.
Cons: 
Remote. Moderate boat traffic.
Region:
Mount Baker Area, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Washington Discover Pass
Water Type: 
Lake
Area: 
4,800.00 acres (1,942.50 hectares)
Docking Type: 
Single Docking
Portage Req'd: 
No
Uses: 
Motorized Boats Allowed (few limitations)
Class: 
Easy / Class A
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Foggy overnight.
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36°

Tue

Light rain starting in the evening.
52°F
36°

Wed

Mixed precipitation (1–3 in. of snow) throughout the day.
45°F
36°

Thu

Mixed precipitation (2–4 in. of snow) throughout the day.
45°F
34°

Fri

Mixed precipitation in the morning.
52°F
36°

Sat

Light rain overnight.
56°F
34°

Sun

Light rain throughout the day.
54°F
37°
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With an abundance of mountain views, fishing, and backcountry campsites, Baker Lake makes for a relaxing weekend kayaking trip or a long single-day tour.

Fed by the Baker River, Swift River, and several other smaller rivers, Baker Lake was a much smaller lake until the construction of the Upper Baker Dam in 1959 that raised the water level approximately 312 feet. Today the lake fluctuates about 39 feet annually. Kokanee salmon runs in the spring and fall draw fisherman from several surrounding counties.

There are numerous launch points for Baker Lake. The Kulshan Campground boat launch is the closest access point to the nearby town of Concrete, Washington. Beyond the Kulshan Campground, it is possible to drive across the 312-foot Upper Baker Dam and gain a very real sense of how deep much of the lake is. North of the the Kulshan launch is the Dry Creek Campground and inlet; be mindful of logs and tree stumps on the shallower sections of the inlet. Continuing north, there is a nice beach at the mouth of Sandy Creek. Directly east of Sandy Creek, the lake bed rises up to mere inches below the surface, then dramatically drops hundreds of feet down where Sandy Creek cut through the ancient lake bed. At the northwestern corner where the lake doglegs to the east, the Swift Creek Campground sits at the mouth of Swift Creek. From this vantage point, Mount Baker can be seen to the west, Mount Shuskan to the north, and Mount Blum to the east. The far northeastern shore of Baker Lake offers access to remote, boat-assisted camping and exploring.

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