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.
January 16, 2015
State Route 20 Closed to Recreational and Vehicle Traffic
Sedro Woolley, WA – State Route 20 beyond the closed vehicle gate at Ross Dam Trailhead (MP 134) is temporarily closed to foot traffic and recreational activities.
November 04, 2014
Public Open Houses in November on Plan to Replace Administrative Facilities at Stehekin
The public is invited to attend any of several meetings in November to learn more about and provide comment on a proposed action to replace administrative facilities at Stehekin on Lake Chelan between November 17 and November 19, 2014.