• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

Park Planning

In the Library. Image Credit: NPS/Clayton Hanson
On the shelf.
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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.

This page provides information and, when available, links to operational plans at North Cascades National Park Complex as well as links to current planning efforts at the park. Please contact us with any questions or for further information.

 

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:
    • Rehabilitate Stehekin Wastewater Treatment Plant
    • Lift Station Remodel Stehekin Lodge Restaurant Restroom to Meet ADA Accessibility Requirements
    • Replace and Relocate Copper Creek Raft Takeout Vault Toilet
    • Rehabilitate Deteriorated Lower Goodell Group Campground Sites and Meet Accessibility Standards
    • Rehabilitate Upper Goodell Group Campground Sites and Meet Accessibility Standards
    • Rehabilitate the Purple Point Overflow Campground
    • Replace the Unsafe Shields Bridge on Thunder Creek Trail
    • Rehabilitate Picket Route Access Parking
    • Reconstruct the Skagit Queen Bridge
    • Replace Stehekin Marina Sewage Pumpout System
    • Provide Custodial Maintenance and Visitor Services for North Cascades Campgrounds
The following document contains a comparison of sites with potential fee increases.
 

Foundation Document (2012)

The Foundation Document for North Cascades National Park Complex (pdf) provides basic guidance for decision-making and management of this unit of the National Park Service system. In its totality, this document presents a shared understanding of the purpose, significance, fundamental resources and values, primary interpretive themes, and special mandates for North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. It also documents the desired conditions for the park, providing the broadest level of direction for management of the park based on laws and policies that guide the National Park Service.

 

Programmatic Plans

These plans provide a general decision-making framework for National Park Service managers to best protect a park unit's resources and ensure quality visitor experiences. Intended to last 15-20 years, these plans are based on law, policy and the park's foundation document and have, in most cases, been developed in consultation with the public and interested stakeholders. The following plans apply to the park units within North Cascades National Park Complex and have been adopted after an analysis of benefits, impacts, and economic costs of alternatives.

 

Implementation Plans

Implementation plans develop and propose strategies that will meet the specific goals of park projects, programs, and programmatic plans while having the least amount of impact on park resources and the visitor experience. Like programmatic plans, they are based on laws and policy, the park's foundation document, and have, in most cases, been developed in consultation with the public and interested stakeholders. The following documents are the most recent plans that have been completed and approved for North Cascades National Park Complex.

 

Guidance Documents

The following guidance documents have been developed internally by National Park Service managers at North Cascades National Park Complex in order to better understand the park's internal strengths, identify emerging challenges, and develop long-range priorities.

Business Plan (2012)
The 2012 Business Plan (pdf) for the North Cascades National Park Complex is based on the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan (pdf) developed by the park's management team, with input from employees and partners. This business plan is about understanding how the park utilizes its financial and human resources. This understanding is meant to spark a conversation about aligning those resources in a way that makes a lasting impact on the ecosystem and the people who live, work, and find re-creation through recreation in the North Cascades.

Strategic Plan (2011-2016)
The 2011-2016 Strategic Plan (pdf) is designed to help the park continue to successfully carry out its mission in the lead up to the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.

 

Current Planning Efforts

North Cascades National Park Complex is constantly involved in planning processes for proposed actions in North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

For large planning efforts, the park utilizes the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) web-based system to provide information about the plan and solicit comments and suggestions from park partners, stakeholders, and the public at large. Those interested in current planning efforts at the park are encouraged to check out North Cascades National Park Complex's PEPC homepage.

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