Six miles past the Forest Service’s Koma Kulshan Guard Station on the west shore, Baker Lake Resort (888/711-3033, $75 for 4–6) has a dozen rustic cabins with full kitchens, camping and RV sites, boat rentals, a store, and restaurant. There’s a two-night minimum on weekends, and the resort is open only from mid-April through October.
Puget Sound Energy maintains the Kulshan Campground (near Upper Baker Dam on Baker Lake Rd., $10 summer, free during shoulder season). Free camping (no running water) is available at Grandy Lake County Park (four miles northeast of Hwy. 20 on Baker Lake Hwy.).
Keep driving up Baker Lake Road to take your pick from a spate of Forest Service campgrounds (518/885-3639 or 877/444-6777, www.recreation.gov, $9 extra reservation fee), including Horseshoe Cove ($16), Panorama Point ($14), Shannon Creek ($14–16), Boulder Creek ($14), and Park Creek ($12). There is no drinking water at Boulder Creek or Park Creek. A boat-in or hike-in campground at Maple Grove is also available.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition