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. 


Lake Shannon Boat Launch Closure Intermittent 

From September 4 to December 14, 2018


Days & Hours:  Mon - Sat from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The boat launch will open intermittently, during the stated closure dates.
To notify the public when it's open, we will install and update a sign at the bottom of Baker River Rd, indicating the actual closure days for each week.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we must upgrade the debris boom to better protect Lower Baker Dam and surrounding communities during extreme flood events. 
For questions, please contact: 
Phone:  360-853-8341


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
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