Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
Group
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Horseshoe Cove Campground

Horseshoe Cove Campground is nestled under a canopy of forest along the banks of Baker Lake. Located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest which stretches along the west side of the Cascade Mountains between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, this area is one of the most spectacular in the country, showcasing glacier-covered peaks, wide mountain meadows and old-growth forests.

Recreation

In addition to being a prime location for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking , hikers and backpackers are especially fortunate to have access to a variety of spectacular trails along the lake and in the nearby Mt. Baker National Recreation Area.. The Baker Lake and Baker River Trails are family friendly hikes that are a short drive from the campground. The Baker Lake trail starts on the south end of the lake in a stand of Douglas fir and travels 13 miles above the eastern shoreline of Baker Lake. Anderson Point with views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan is 2.5 miles from the trailheadand is a popular boat in camp, backpacking destination and lunch spot. The Baker River Trail starts at the north end of the lake and follows the river 2.25 miles upstream, through large old-growth into North Cascades National Park.

Facilities

There are 39 campsites at Horseshoe Cove Campground, including three large group sites.

With several sites located at the lake's edge, and others in close vicinity, this campground offers visitors the ideal opportunity to camp near the shoreline or under a canopy of trees.

A boat ramp, large sandy swim beach, trail, firewood are available at the campground.

Natural Features

From the lake on a clear day visitors will see Mt. Baker, the most prominent feature of the Mt. Baker Wilderness. Rising to an elevation of 10,781 feet, the active volcano from which the forest takes its name is perpetually snow-capped and mantled with an extensive network of creeping glaciers. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is actually a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater.

Nearby Attractions

Hike in the mountains above the lake in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area, or take some time to visit North Cascades National Park. This unique park is like no other place on earth. It features a deep blue lake surrounded by sheer, 2,000' cliffs, two picturesque islands and a violent volcanic past. Hiking trails, a visitor center and educational programs are available.

ADA Access: N

Sites
41
Price
$18.54 - $69.51
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Horseshoe Cove Campground is located in Washington
Latitude
48.6719 N
Longitude
-121.6764 W
Get Directions
Directions
From Seattle, go north on I-5 to Burlington. Take Exit 230 on State Highway 20. Go past the Mt. Baker Ranger District Office in Sedro-Woolley and follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road 11). Continue 15.1miles. Turn right at the Horseshoe Cove Road junction. Head 2 miles down Horseshoe Cove Road, past Bayview Campground to the campground.
5 Reviews of Horseshoe Cove Campground
Where's the host?

Stayed there Thursday thru the labor day weekend and never saw the host. I was here the year before and the host were always driving around on the golf cart checking on everyone. I left briefly on Friday morning to pick up my friends and when I came back my hammock had been stolen. Apparently while I was gone the "host" stopped by and left me a note to tell me I hadn't paid even though I did. Even worse they just had a coffee can with an honor system for the firewood. If your gonna be a host you should actually be there to I don't know host. I was afraid to leave my campsite after my stuff got stolen so but other then not having an actual host it was ok

Excellent

This is a great campground. Deer stroll through camp. Clean bathrooms. Large beach for swimming. Great camping in the woods.

Mt. Baker National Forests

Extra green and wooded with views of the snowcapped mountains with camping on the shores of the lake. Simple and pretty rustic campsites with swimming, fishing, and hiking trails nearby (the PCT). Kids spent the whole time along the shore with grandpa while we went hiking.

Beautiful sites

This is a very clean campground. Those responsible for it take a lot of pride in keeping the facility clean for all of us who enjoy camping. There are a ton of amenities here such as flush toilets, a boat ramp, drinking water, picnic areas, and handicap accessible sites. If you enjoy water activities such as kayaking or boating, this is the site for you. Mt. Baker is visible across the lake on a clear day and gives you a beautiful view!

The PCT is also accessible from the campground. If you aren't interested in doing the entire thing, you could always hike a section here and make a stay at Horseshoe Cove for an awesome adventure.

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My Review

Horseshoe Cove Campground is on the western shores of Baker Lake. The campground has 39 sites but no hookups. It has a swimming beach and boat ramp, as well as flush toilets. Depending on weather conditions, the campground is open from mid-May until late summer. The campground’s easy access to the lake makes this a good choice for campers who want to canoe or kayak.

Sockeye Salmon are actually native to Baker Lake and Baker River since it's a tributary to the skagit river. This is a prime spot for fishing in the Northwest.