Legislation establishing the National Park Service as an agency and the range of laws and policies governing its management provides the fundamental direction for the administration of North Cascades National Park Complex and other units of the national park system. Where law, policy, and regulation do not provide clear guidance, management decisions for North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area are based on the Complex's foundation document, programmatic plans, implementation plans, and guidance documents.
Potential Fee Increases (2015-2016)North Cascades National Park Service Complex (North Cascades) is considering an increase to camping fees and backcountry permits. The park complex includes North Cascades National Park with 501,458 acres, Ross Lake National Recreation Area with 116,798 acres, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area with 62,902 acres. North Cascades manages five vehicle access campgrounds with 365 sites and 300 backcountry and wilderness camps.
Based on feedback received through civic engagement, North Cascades will develop an implementation strategy that meets the needs and expectations of the community. New fee implementation may begin in 2015, but in some cases, North Cascades may phase in rates over several years. Camping and permit fees have not increased since 2006, and there continues to be a growing need for funds to improve facilities, infrastructure and visitor services.
The new revenue from the fee increases will be used to provide enhanced visitor services including repair and maintenance of facilities, capital improvements, enhanced amenities, resource protection and additional visitor programs and services. There will be an emphasis on park improvements prior to the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.
Fee dollars have been spent on projects such as:
The following document contains a comparison of sites with potential fee increases.
Foundation Document (2012)