November 12, 2015
Howard Lake and Howard Creek Renamed in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
The United States Board on Geographic Names, acting on a recommendation from the National Park Service, voted unanimously today to rename two features in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area from Coon Lake and Coon Creek to Howard Lake and Howard Creek. The action came after the National Park Service reexamined the historic record and uncovered previously overlooked evidence that placed a Nineteenth Century African American prospector at the lake.
September 25, 2015
Burn Ban Lifted in all areas of North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Effective immediately, the burn ban on all lands within North Cascades National Park Service Complex is lifted. This includes all National Park Service lands and campgrounds in Stehekin, along State Route 20 and the Ross Lake area.
September 24, 2015
FONSI Issued for the Replacement of Administrative Facilities at Stehekin
The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Replacement of Administrative Facilities at Stehekin Environmental Assessment (EA) is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/SMFRP. The FONSI describes the selected action and provides responses to public comments and an explanation of why it will have no significant impacts on the environment.
September 21, 2015
Every Kid in a Park
North Cascades National Park Service Complex invites all 4th grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.
September 08, 2015
Public Workshop on Solid Waste Disposal for Stehekin
The public is invited to participate in a series of public workshop meetings to discuss both the proposed rule to authorize a solid waste transfer station within the boundaries of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and the reduced rate proposal for solid waste management service. The meetings previously scheduled in September were postponed due to fire activity in Eastern Washington. Public meetings will begin with a 30-minute presentation with a question and answer period, followed by a workshop of small breakout groups to discuss various elements of the proposed solid waste management service. The public comment period for this proposed rule is open until October 13, 2015.
September 03, 2015
Trail and Area Closures in Effect
The North Cascades Visitor Center and most trails on the west side of North Cascades National Park Service Complex are now open. Rain and higher humidity have reduced the amount of fire activity throughout the park.
September 02, 2015
Burn Ban Lifted in Skagit and Whatcom Counties of North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Effective immediately, the burn ban on lands in Skagit and Whatcom counties within North Cascades National Park Service Complex is lifted. This includes all National Park Service lands and campgrounds along State Route 20, the Ross Lake area, west of Rainy Pass, and north of Park Creek Pass and Cascade Pass.
August 28, 2015
SR 20 Tentatively Set to Open Sunday, August 30
Coordinated evaluations by officials with Great Basin Incident Management Team 4, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and National Park Service (NPS) have determined State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, may open as soon as Sunday, Aug. 30.
August 26, 2015
Cascade River Road Closed at MP 20 September 8 2015
Cascade River Road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic from September 8 through late October 2015. The road closure will begin at the Eldorado parking area near milepost 20 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side. Eldorado Peak and other peaks accessed via Eldorado Creek will not be affected by the road closure.
August 26, 2015
Cascade Pass Trail and Camp Closures in Effect
Park officials have closed a portion of the Cascade Pass Trail from the junction with the Sahale Arm Trail to the junction of the Upper Stehekin Valley Trail and the Flat Creek Trail due to the Glory Fire. Pelton Basin, Basin Creek and Cottonwood camps are closed as well as the Horseshoe Basin Trail. The Trapper Lake area is also closed.
August 19, 2015
Goodell Fire State Route 20 Closure and Evacuation
Goodell Fire burned down to and crossed State Route 20 this afternoon causing a rockslide. The Department of Transportation has closed the highway while firefighters and helicopters work to slow the fire’s spread, remove the debris and make the popular scenic route safe for travelers again. The North Cascades Visitor Center, the Upper and Lower Goodell group camps, and Newhalem Creek Campground are closed due to the fire and concern for visitor safety.
August 19, 2015
Goodell Fire Campground Closures in Effect
Park officials have closed the Upper and Lower Goodell group camps and Newhalem Creek Campground due to the close proximity of the Goodell Fire, which is burning near the town of Newhalem. The North Cascades Visitor Center remains open. Additional closures may occur as fire activity changes.
August 14, 2015
Rocky Beaver Fire Trail and Camp Closures in Effect
Park officials have closed a portion of the Little Beaver Trail from Little Beaver Boat Camp to the junction of Big Beaver Trail due to the Rocky Beaver Fire. Perry Creek Camp is closed; Little Beaver Boat Camp remains open. Backcountry travelers can access Whatcom Pass from the east via the Big Beaver Trail and the portion of the Little Beaver Trail west of the junction with the Big Beaver Trail.
August 12, 2015
Stehekin Open for Business
The Stehekin community in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is open of business. The nearby Wolverine wildfire and smoke have subsided and all services are open.
August 11, 2015
Climber Dies Near Fisher Peak
A 46-year old male from Bellingham, WA was killed by rock fall on Sunday, August 9, 2015 in the Fisher Peak area near Easy Pass in North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Other members of his group responded immediately to provide first aid and initiated CPR shortly thereafter.
July 30, 2015
Park Creek Trail Closed Due to Goode Fire
Lightning likely started a fire approximately 1,000 feet above Five Mile Camp near Goode Mountain in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Goode Fire was detected Wednesday and was estimated to be approximately 2 acres in size. Fire access is difficult due to high cliffs and steep terrain. With continued high temperatures and dry weather, firefighters will monitor the situation and call in additional resources as needed.
July 10, 2015
Campfires Banned in All Portions of North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
Effective Friday, July 10, campfires or the ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, and barbeque grills, are banned in all portions of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex – North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
June 23, 2015
Construction Begins on Cascade River Road in August
Drivers may experience up to 20 minute delays from August 23 to September 7, 2015, as construction begins on the last three miles of the Cascade River Road. The road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic from September 8 through late October 2015. The road closure will begin at the Eldorado parking area near milepost 20 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side. Eldorado Peak and other peaks accessed via Eldorado Creek will not be affected.
June 12, 2015
Significant Progress Made on Suppression of Thunder Creek Fire
Firefighters have been working hard throughout the week slowing the Thunder Creek fire located within the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. The fire is 40% contained and remains at 103 acres.
June 07, 2015
Firefighters Progress on Thunder Creek Fire
Firefighters continue to work the lightning-caused Thunder Creek Fire within North Cascades National Park Service Complex, now at about 30% contained.
June 05, 2015
Smokejumpers Added to Thunder Creek Fire Crew
Nineteen wildland firefighters continue suppression efforts on the edges of the Thunder Creek Fire in North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Ten North Cascades smokejumpers parachuted in yesterday to work beside the Whiskeytown Fire Module firefighters. The crews, who are camping near the remote fire, are being supplied and supported by helicopter.
June 04, 2015
Active Suppression of Thunder Creek Fire Begins
Firefighters began active suppression of the Thunder Creek Fire in North Cascades National Park Service Complex. North Cascades smokejumpers are expected to parachute into the area today to work beside the Whiskeytown Fire Module firefighters who hiked in yesterday. The crews plan on helicopter support, including slinging in sprinklers, pumps and hoses to help protect historic cabins in the area. Air support will be weather dependent.
June 03, 2015
Roy Zipp Selected as Operations Manager for Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
Roy Zipp has been selected as the new Operations Manager for Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, located on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. He replaces Craig Holmquist, who retired in December 2014. He begins his new assignment immediately.
June 02, 2015
Thunder Creek Fire
Lightning started a fire approximately eight miles up the Thunder Creek drainage from the Colonial Creek campground in North Cascades National Park. The Thunder Creek Fire was detected Saturday evening and grew to about 15 acres as of Sunday afternoon.
May 24, 2015
Pierce Mountain Fire Update
Two firefighters rappelled from a helicopter on Saturday afternoon to begin work on the lighting-caused Pierce Mountain Fire, which remains under one acre in size; low clouds prevented an earlier start. The fire has burned trees, downed logs, and vegetation at about 3,400’ elevation in rock cliffs.
May 22, 2015
First Fire of the 2015 Season
A less-than-one acre fire is active high above Ross Lake in North Cascades National Park Service Complex at nearly 4000 feet elevation. Smoke from the Pierce Mountain Fire was reported yesterday by drivers along Highway 20. “The lightning-caused fire started yesterday afternoon in extremely steep terrain,” said Dee Townsend, NPS Fire Management Officer. Low snow pack, high temperatures, and drought conditions contribute to an early fire season.
May 22, 2015
Campground Fees Increase
Colonial Creek, Newhalem, and Goodell campgrounds will see a fee increase to $16.00 per night beginning Saturday, May 23, 2015. North Cascades National Park Service Complex manages five vehicle access campgrounds with 365 sites and 300 wilderness and backcountry (near the lakes) camps.
May 11, 2015
Low Lake Levels on Diablo Lake
Diablo Lake will be drawn down as low as 1192 feet above sea level or 10 feet below normal operating conditions to accommodate necessary maintenance by Seattle City Light of the Ross Dam barge landing and ferry facilities. Low lake levels will occur May 12 through June 15, and again September 15 through October 31, 2015. During these times, Diablo Lake and the Colonial Creek Campground boat ramp will be inaccessible to motorboats and it will be difficult for paddlecraft to launch.
April 27, 2015
Tourism to North Cascades National Park Service Complex Creates $40,582,400 in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 769,837 visitors to North Cascades National Park Service Complex, which includes Lake Chelan NRA, North Cascades National Park, and Ross Lake NRA, in 2014, spent $33,534,400 in communities near the parks. That spending supported 416 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $40,582,400.