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.
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.
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, drinking water, a beach shower and flush toilets are available at the campground.
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.
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.
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This is a great campground. Deer stroll through camp. Clean bathrooms. Large beach for swimming. Great camping in the woods.
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.
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.
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.