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
July 02, 2015
Campfires Banned in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and Portions of North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park Service Complex has announced a campfire ban for Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and portions of North Cascades Natl Park
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.
February 13, 2015
Public Invited to Open Houses on Options for Grizzly Bear Restoration in North Cascades Ecosystem
The public is invited to participate in a series of informational open houses regarding restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades ecosystem. The meetings are being held by the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as part of the Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the North Cascades ecosystem. This is the first opportunity for public involvement in the EIS. The purpose of the EIS is to determine whether or not the agencies will take an active role in restoring the grizzly bear to the North Cascades Ecosystem.