Excelsior Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Excelsior has two very large group campsites on the Nooksack River along the north side of Mt. Baker and about 5 miles due south of the Canadian border. The wildlife is plentiful, so it is important to remember to keep food put away while sleeping or out hiking so that you don't attract bears or other unwanted guests. There are two sites. The first site, A is somewhat smaller and less appealing. This one is priced less per night because it is smaller and has less privacy than B. The second is site B which is larger and has more solitude since one must pass through the first group site to get to the second. The sites are large enough for 50 people in site A and 75 in site B. Site A has six picnic tables with firepits and site B has 15 tables with almost as many firepits. This is the largest group campground in the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. If the whole campground were taken it would be ideal for large scout gatherings or multi church youth gatherings. Gate keys are available from the Douglas Fir Campground host.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trail
  • Kayaking
  • River Access
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault


Peak Season
May 20 2010 -
Sep 25 2010
Walk In Season
Sep 26 2010 -
Sep 27 2010
Peak Season
May 19 2011 -
Sep 24 2011

Alerts and Important Information Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance. This campground requires a 2 day minimum stay on weekends and a 3 day minimum stay on holiday weekends.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 15 2010 to Jun 14 2011
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Excelsior
Campground Phone: 541-338-7869
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Bellingham, WA

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More About Excelsior Campground

Excelsior is a campground located in Bellingham, Washington. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -121.8217 latitude, and -121.8217 longitude into your GPS device.

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