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About Swift Creek Campground

Swift Creek Campground is tucked into a mixed-conifer forest at the edge of Baker Lake in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Recreation

In addition to being a prime location for hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, and horseback riding in summer and early fall, Swift Creek offers opportunities for snowshoeing in the winter months. With a small beach on-site and access to Baker Lake, visitors will have plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, canoe and swim. The nearby Baker Lake Trail is a family friendly hike that begins in a majestic stand of Douglas fir. In 1843, a small eruption of Mt. Baker caused a forest fire, and visitors can still see the burned snags of virgin cedar trees that once dominated the area. The trail contours above the eastern shoreline of Baker Lake.

Facilities

Swift Creek offers campsites that accommodate either tents or RVs. There are two group sites that are reservable as well.

Drinking water and vault toilets are available. The campground also has a day-use area at the lake's edge, equipped with picnic tables and grills.

There is a boat ramp and a marina on site.

Natural Features

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest showcases rugged peaks, sparkling alpine lakes and old-growth forests, providing visitors with unique and surprising landscapes. Mt. Baker, the most prominent feature of the Mt. Baker Wilderness, dominates the landscape on a clear day. Rising to an elevation of 10,781 feet, the active volcano is perpetually snow-capped and mantled with an extensive network of creeping glaciers. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater. Wildlife in the area includes mountain goats traversing the higher elevations to squirrels and black bears in the forests. Migratory birds and native fish find ample habitat in the varied ecosystems as well.

Nearby Attractions

Hike in the mountains above the lake in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area or Mt. Baker Wilderness, 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
24
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Boat In
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ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Swift Creek Campground is located in Washington
Latitude
48.7289 N
Longitude
-121.6572 W
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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 for 20 miles to the sign for Swift Creek Campground Road (Forest Service road 1142). Turn right and travel about 1/3 mile to the campground at the end of the road.
7 Reviews of Swift Creek Campground
Quiet, beautiful campground

Beautiful campground on Baker Lake. This is a great spot to take your boat as there is a really nice dock. There's a small beach and swim area. Bathrooms are the built in portapotty type but they're very clean. Really glad I had bugspray because the mosquitoes are everywhere. Overall a great camp we'll visit again!

Beautiful on the water

Wonderfully access to baker lake and the north cascades.

Nice campground right on the shore of Baker Lake.

Sites are nice and spacious. Campsite hosts were extremely friendly. Water is available at spigots around campground but has a bad metallic taste to it. Mosquitoes will eat you alive.

PNW awesome

it’s great access to the northern cascades. first time staying there and I have been camping in Washington since I was born

it has great access to some really good trails the scenery is beautiful.

National forest simple camping

Great views along the lake of forests and mountains, small beaches to explore, lots of small local trails and long challenging trails. The campground is simple. All sites are a short walk from the water’s edge, with some being closer than others. Great tent pads to keep you a little drier. Nice and quiet, but probably fills up on weekends. Can’t say enough about this whole area, and this is a great simple campground to connect to nature.

Packed tight and very busy. But very scenic

We arrived in Mid August and got one of the last sites. If you are going in the summer, probably better reserve a site! Our site was a walk-in. 4 or 5 shared parking area served 3 close campsites. the campsite was on the river and it was pretty. The campground was quiet - thank god no trains (see money creek review). There was a nice trail past the interpretive area that crosses a bridge over the river - quite pretty. There were full restrooms and running water. Aside from the crowds, we enjoyed our stay.

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Waterfront view

This site behaves like a dispersed campground, so you can get your space and access to the water with your boat. Plus during the summer you might catch a sockeye salmon. The facilities are very basic and it fills up fast in the summer.