• 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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Campfires Banned in Portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park

Tumwater Camp Marker Image Credit: NPS/Bromwell

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News Release Date: September 21, 2012
Contact: Charles Beall, 360-854-7302

The National Park Service has announced that campfires are now banned in portions of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. Effective Friday, September 21, campfires are banned in the following campgrounds and picnic areas (listed, roughly, north to south): Bridge Creek, Bridge Creek Group, Bridge Creek Stock, Shady, Tumwater, High Bridge, Harlequin, Harlequin Group, Rainbow Falls, Purple Point, Purple Point Stock, Purple Point Overflow, Weaver Point, Manly Wham, and Flick Creek.

The ignition of wood, briquettes, or any fuel in fire pits, fire pans, barbecue grills, or other devices is prohibited in these areas until further notice. This ban in the middle and lower Stehekin Valley and the National Park Service-managed portion of Lake Chelan complements the ban imposed by the U.S. Forest Service along the lower portion of Lake Chelan and throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

In the areas of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park unaffected by this ban, campfires are permitted as usual. They 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.