• 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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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. 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?

North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes 684,000 acres near the crest of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border south to Lake Chelan.