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Anderson Lake

SIZE: 4.0 Acres
ELEVATION: 5,175 Feet

COUNTY: Whatcom, Washington
Longitude: 121d 35m 11s to 121d 35m 19s West
Latitude: 48d 39m 30s to 48d 39m 35s North

SPECIES, CONFIRMED: Cutthroat Trout, Montana Black Spot


CHARACTERISTICS: The lake lies on a small shelf on the west end of Mount Watson. Steep slopes rise over the east side, while the west side has only a thin line of trees between it and the cliffs that drop to Anderson Lake #1 below.

A flat meadow area is found to the north, looking toward Anderson Butte. To the south is a small rise, where Anderson Lake #2 is found between the large rock rising to the southwest and the base of the mountain to the southeast.

The north shore has gently sloped meadow with rock outcroppings that rise over a shallow, mud bottomed flat. The flat has a few small snags scattered randomly on the bottom.

A small bay found between small boulders on the north shore and the steep rock cliff on the south shore makes up the west end. Except for the short section of cliffs in the southwest corner, the entire perimeter of the shore can be walked.

The east end of the lake also has a shallow flat, but it drops off to deeper water closer to shore than along the north side. The east shoreline does have two small areas of steep rock, but they offer no problem for getting around the lake.

The area of the inlet creek from Anderson Lake #2, in the southeast corner, is also a shallow flat, and has the largest concentration of snags on the bottom. The south shore between the inlet and the cliffs has a little deeper flat, with rock rising up from the bottom.

There is no vegetation on the bottom of the lake in any areas. The water is extremely clear.

Take Highway 20 to mile 82.4, between the towns of Sedro Woolley and Concrete, where Baker Lake Road enters on the north side.

Turn onto Baker Lake Road and follow it 12.0 miles to the Skagit/Whatcom county line. Another 0.3 miles will bring you to a 90-degree corner to the right. At 13.9 miles from Highway 20, you will come to an intersection on the right with the road to Baker Lake Dam.

Turn right, onto Baker Lake Dam Road, and at about 1 mile the Puget Power campground will be reached, on the left. Stay to the right and the dam itself will be reached at 1.5 miles from the start of Baker Lake Dam Road. The road across the dam is single lane for 0.2 miles.

After leaving the dam, you will go another 0.5 miles to an intersection. Road 1107 is to the left, and this intersection marks the beginning of the milepost markers for it.

Turn left, onto Road 1107.

At mile 0.8, a wide spot on the left side of the road marks the start of the East Bank Trail on Baker Lake.

At mile 1.5, the road turns sharply up the hill to the right, and another road not shown on current maps continues straight. Keep to the right here.

At mile 9.1, Road 1107-022 enters on the left. There is a sign opposite the end of the road indicating it is the route to the Watson Lakes Trail.

Turn onto spur Road 1107-022. The parking area at the trailhead is 1.2 miles up the road.

The trail was rebuilt after 1990, when the road was extended to its current location. Since then, the Forest Service has put in several boardwalks in wet areas, a couple of wooden footbridges, and many culverts. The trail is in very good shape.

From the trailhead, you will climb until you reach a long boardwalk at the edge of the meadow where the trail branches off to the left to Anderson Butte.

Stay to the right, and after dropping through a short dip, you will climb through a meadow which looks back on Mount Baker. After reaching the top of the meadow, you will drop over a steeper section of trail to a small meadow where the trail forks. The left fork goes up the ridge to Watson Lakes, and the right fork runs fairly level southward to Anderson Lakes #1 and #4.

Take the left fork over the ridge, and after crossing a short flat at the top, switchbacks wind down the east side of the ridge to the west shore of Little Watson Lake.

The trail breaks out into a meadow area on the ridge above Watson Lakes, where both are visible. About twenty feet into the meadow area, a crude trail branches off uphill to the right. You may have to look closely to spot it.

Take the uphill trail, which will pass through a very narrow corridor of small firs and brush before breaking out into open meadow and beginning to climb more steeply. The trail climbs up through meadow to the top of the ridge, where it winds to the left along the ridge top.

The trail will reach the edge of a very large meadow on the right. Cross the meadow, and Anderson Lake #3 lies just to the left.

Go around the left side of the lake and up the inlet creek to reach Anderson Lake #2, which lies about ten feet above #3, and about a hundred yards south.

Spinners cast from shore over the flats will get an occasional fish. Best results are in the areas along the east end of the lake and at the inlet creek. The population in the lake is small, so donÕt expect to catch a lot.

The lakes in this area are in a U.S. Forest Service Fee area, and a parking pass is required. As of 2006, day use passes are $5.00, or annual passes are $30.00.

* Green Trails Map #46.
* USGS Topographic Map, Washington (48121-F5-TF-024-00) Bacon Peak Quadrangle, 7.5 Minute Series.
* USGS Topographic Map, Washington (48121-E1-TM-100-00) Mt. Baker Quadrangle, 30x60 Minute Series.
* Washington State Atlas & Gazetteer, Page 110