Baker Lake & Lake Shannon
The Baker River Basin
One of the Pacific Northwest's most scenic forest and mountain landscapes, the Baker River Basin is located in the Cascade Mountains in northwest Washington. Here, on a tributary of the Skagit River, the two dams of our Baker River Hydroelectric Project form two picturesque reservoirs, Baker Lake and Lake Shannon.
A wide variety of recreational activities are available in the area surrounding the lakes, including hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming and winter sports. The easily accessible area features observation viewpoints, interpretation facilities and many opportunities for studying nature.
Nine-mile-long Baker Lake is located on the Baker River about eight miles north of Concrete, Washington, just off the North Cascades Highway (SR 20). Map it.
The area offers several developed campgrounds, including PSE's Kulshan Campground, open year-round with 108 tent and RV sites available on a first-come-first-served basis, and boat launches located along the lake's western shore. PSE no longer operates the Baker Lake Resort. The "resort" is now Swift Creek Campground, operated by the U.S. Forest Service. (See Forest Service contact information below.)
The Baker Lake Trail extends along the eastern shoreline for eight miles before crossing the Baker River at the lake's north end. The 312-foot-high Upper Baker Dam and West Pass Dike are situated at the south end of the lake.
With densely forested hills and rugged ridges that overlook its expanse, Lake Shannon extends seven miles northward from nearby Concrete. Lower Baker Dam rises 285 feet and spans a narrow, steep-sided gorge at the south end of Lake Shannon. Map it.
Road access is limited. PSE's public boat launch on the eastern shore currently is the only developed amenity on the reservoir. Informal recreational activities such as hiking and fishing are permitted, except where otherwise posted.
To learn more about Baker Lake and Lake Shannon recreational services and winter-closure updates, contact:
National Park Service
North Cascades National Park
1-360-854-7200 ext. 0
U.S. Forest Service
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
1-360-856-5700 ext. 515
Puget Sound Energy
Baker River Recreation