• 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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  • 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 »

  • Closures of USFS roads and trails that access North Cascades NP and Lake Chelan NRA

    The following U.S. Forest Service trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain and Carlton Complex Fires: Twisp Pass Tr., South Creek Tr., Reynolds Creek Tr., War Creek Tr., Summit Tr. The Twisp River Rd. is closed west of Eagle Creek. 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?

Did You Know?

Stephen Mather Wilderness comprises 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. About 400 miles of trail provide access to this rugged Wilderness.