• 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 »

Campfire Ban Lifted for Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park

Wet vine maple leaves near the Environmental Learning Center. Image: NPS Photo
Wet vine maple leaves near the Environmental Learning Center.
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News Release Date: October 15, 2012
Contact: Charles Beall, 360-854-7302

The National Park Service has lifted the campfire ban for portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park that was put in place September 21. Campfires are now permitted as usual in the middle and lower Stehekin Valley and the National Park Service-managed portion of Lake Chelan. This is in addition to the portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park, and Ross Lake National Recreation Area that were not affected by the ban.

Campfires must be in established fire pits in both designated frontcountry campgrounds and designated backcountry campsites. Campfires are not permitted in other areas.

Please exercise great caution with all fire. Ensure that all campfires are out and cold to the touch before leaving the area. Do not burn toilet paper. Do not discard cigarettes.

Did You Know?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.