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Horseshoe Cove Campground Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Washington

Horseshoe Cove Overview

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Horseshoe Cove Campground has 38 single-family campsites and is nestled under a towering canopy of forest along the banks of Baker Lake in the stunning Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. All campsites are now reservable and several are right on the shore of the lake. There are also 3 large group sites available.

Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grill. Campground amenities include drinking water, flush toilets, and beach shower. There’s also a boat ramp, picnic areas, sandy beach and firewood available for sale.

Horseshoe Cove – Area Recreation

Outdoor recreation activities include hiking through old-growth forests, mountain biking, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and swimming. The wildlife viewing is also really nice here.

You may also likeĀ Panorama Point, Swift Creek and Boulder Creek.

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Amenities
  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
NF-1118
Concrete, Washington 98237
541 338-7869
Lat / Long:

48.67194, -121.67639

Campground Map
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Best Campsites

2, 3, 12, 15, 19, 21, 24, 26, 35, 36.

Regions
Campsite Types
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

May – September

Elevation:

730

# of Campsites:

38 + (3 Group)

Horseshoe Cove Photos

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Horseshoe Cove Bathroom
Horseshoe Cove Boat Ramp
Horseshoe Cove Lake View
Horseshoe Cove Sign
Horseshoe Cove Swim Area

Horseshoe Cove Comments & Reviews

Visited Horseshoe Cove Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Horseshoe Cove?

8 Comments on “Horseshoe Cove”

  1. The campground map showing which sites are reservable and which ones are walk-up doesn’t match the Recreation.gov reservation system. That can be frustrating when you show up expecting walk-up sites and they’ve been reserved online. For example, on the map, #21 shows as a walk-up site, but recreation.gov show it as reserved. Also, on the map, #36 shows as a reservable site, but the reservation system shows it as walk-up. There are others that are incorrect as well. It’s just a little frustrating when you show up at the campground and things are different than what you saw when you tried to make reservations. And trying to find an open walk-up site is difficult when the provided map has errors.

    • Hi Linnea,

      Good point! The Recreation.gov campground map shows that there are non-reservable (walk-in) campsites. However, all single-family campsites are now reservable (including the 3 group sites).

      • Hi, If the sites are all reservable, how can I reserve one of the sites listed as walk-in on the recreation.gov site?

      • Hi Ryan,
        Sorry for the confusion (we’re confused). On checking the Recreation.gov website the ‘printable campground map’ indicates the following walk-in campsites: 1, 2, 3, 8, 13, 21, 24, 26, 27, 29, 32, 34, 36, 37 and 38. It is safe to assume that these are legit waklk-in sites and not reservable. However, on their ‘view by availability’ window, they list these and a few other sites (11 and 15) with random ‘walk-in’ dates available, and also site 24 as having a random walk-in date and other dates as reservable.

  2. Hello:
    So if there’re walk-in sites , we need to go there earlier?
    To see if there’re available for first come first serve?
    Thanks

    Amber

    • Hi Amber,

      Yes, it’s best to arrive early the day of arrival (before 10am) to try and get a walk-in campsite at Horseshoe Cove. It’s also best to arrive Sunday through Thursday.

  3. Dennis Frandsen says:

    WALK-UP vs WALK-IN:

    WALK-UP: Means First-Come-First-Served (FCFS).
    WALK-IN: Means you literally have to walk in to the campsite (being some distance away from your parked vehicle).

    (This is my understanding from experience and talking to reservation services, but my wife knows I have been wrong before.)

    • Hi Dennis,
      You are most correct! And thanks for the heads up. We did a double check for Horseshoe Cove campsites and now all sites there are reservable. The campground map is a bit dated (2007) and indicates there are ‘walk up / first-come-first-serve’ sites, but that is no longer the case.

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