Baker Lake Tours

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. 

 

Baker Visitor Center

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
 
Days & Hours:  Mon - Thurs 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.;  Fri 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat - Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
Host is on site 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Seven days a week.
Off-season: 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon - Fri
 
Address: 46110 East Main Street, Concrete, WA 98237 Map it
Puget Sound Energy Contact:  360-853-8341
 


Baker Lake

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 amenities. PSE's Baker Lake Lodge, open year-round, is a wonderful facility for group retreats, seminars and reunions. There are also 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.

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.


Lake Shannon

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
www.nps.gov/noca
1-360-854-7200 ext. 0

U.S. Forest Service
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs
1-360-856-5700 ext. 515

Puget Sound Energy
Baker River Recreation
1-360-853-8341