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

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 1-15. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

Your Dollars at Work

Dan McGuigan directs construction at Lower Goodell Creek Campground

Campground fees supported the repairs and accessibility improvements at Lower Goodell Creek Campground.

NOCA Maintenance

Successful stewardship of our natural and cultural heritage and maintaining a safe, accessible, enjoyable, and educational place to visit requires substantial funding. Although taxes help offset the costs of operating parks like North Cascades National Park Complex, they do not cover all of them. As expenses to maintain and staff our parks rise each year, government funding is unable to keep up.

In an attempt to address this shortfall, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreational Enhancement Act, which helps spread some of the operating costs among the people who use the parks.

How does it work?
North Cascades National Park Service Complex does not collect an entrance fee or charge for backcountry permits. However, campground and other fees are used to fund park projects. Eighty cents of every dollar collected stays in the North Cascades. The remainder is shared among parks that cannot collect fees because their founding legislation prohibits it.

How are my fees used?
A variety of projects that improve the conditions of natural and cultural resources and make the park a safer place to visit including:

As you explore the park, look for the UserFee logo marking other projects supported by fees.

Thank you for your support!

Did You Know?

lupine is a common flower in dry sunny areas

In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.