• 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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Colonial Creek Campground water system damaged

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Date: May 16, 2008
Contact: Charles Beall, 360 854-7302

Damaged Water Tank Affects Colonial Creek Campground

The winter’s heavy snow has damaged the 54,000 gallon water tank at Colonial Creek Campground, leaving the campground without water for an indefinite period of time. The roof of the glass-lined tank caved in and the walls buckled, making it impossible to fill the tank and provide water for drinking, cooking, or the restrooms.

The campground will open on Friday, May 23 as scheduled and portable toilets and trash receptacles will be available, but the lack of water will require the closure of the campground at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27 until a replacement water supply can be put into place. Campers planning to use Colonial Creek Campground between May 23 and May 27 will need to bring their own water.

Alternatives to the Colonial Creek Campground within the national park include the Newhalem Creek Campground and Goodell Creek Campground. Other Forest Service and private campgrounds are also available along Highway 20. Visit www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/car-camping.htm for more information.

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.