• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

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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 »

Entrepreneurs Invited to Visit and Learn About Unique Business Opportunity on Lake Chelan

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Date: September 23, 2010
Contact: Annelise Lesmeister, (509) 682-4921

October 4, 2010: Site Visit
January 19, 2011: Proposals Due
Prospectus: http://www.nps.gov/commercialservices

The National Park Service has a unique business opportunity for commercial services in Stehekin, located on the headwaters of beautiful Lake Chelan, and a gateway to the North Cascades. People interested in this opportunity are invited to Stehekin on October 4 to tour the current operation of the concession facilities and meet with park concession staff. Please notify Annelise Lesmeister at (509) 682-4921 no later than noon, Friday October 1, if you plan to attend.

The National Park Service is soliciting proposals for a concession contract for overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, fuel and transportation services in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, part of the North Cascades National Park Complex. The National Park Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998 requires the National Park Service to award concession contracts through a competitive bid process. A prospectus, which is a solicitation for proposals for the commercial services, is available at http://www.nps.gov/commercialservices.

The contract will be for ten years and is estimated to start on November 1, 2011. The required services under this contract include overnight accommodations (29 lodging units), food and beverage services, retail services for limited groceries, souvenirs, camping and fishing supplies, transportation for shuttle services and Rainbow Falls tours, operation of a public shower and laundry, and vehicle and boat fuel sales. Additional authorized services include bicycle, boat and equipment rentals, guided instruction, water and vehicle taxi services, and other tours.

The Concessioner will be assigned a total of 21 buildings which include lodging units, a full-service restaurant, a general store and a variety of housing units for employees. In addition, the Concessioner will be assigned four heritage style buses for use in the provision of tours and shuttle service. In recent years, significant improvements have been made to the buildings and facilities, providing a solid base for hospitality operations.

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North Cascades is now on Flickr!

North Cascades National Park is uploading its digital image library to Flickr! Be inspired, download your favorite images, or even add your own vacation photographs to the group pool: Friends of the North Cascades. More...