• 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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  • Highway 20 Will Be Closed East of the Park For Culvert Repairs On Oct 21 & 22.

    Highway 20 will be completely closed between mileposts 147 & 157 (Granite Creek to Rainy Pass) from 6 a.m. Oct. 21 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The Easy Pass trailhead will be inaccessible during this time. More »

  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 8-17. 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 »

Invitation to Participate in Skagit Wild and Scenic River Studies

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Date: October 1, 2008

ROSS LAKE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA General Management Plan includes proposals for considering designation of the Skagit River as a Wild and Scenic River. The comment period is open until October 31.

The preliminary results of the Skagit Wild and Scenic River Studies, and forums shared thoughts and concerns, and issues with the public and the planning team.

Two meetings were held.

The first was in Seattle on October 14 and the second was on Wednesday, October 15 at

North Cascades National Park Headquarters in Sedro-Woolley.

The National Park Service is conducting studies on the Skagit River from below Gorge Dam to the Ross Lake National Recreation Area boundary, and the largest tributary in this reach, Goodell Creek, to determine if these river segments are eligible and suitable for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River System. These studies are part of a larger planning process for Ross Lake National Recreation Area.

The public is encouraged to visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/rola to view the "Skagit Wild and Scenic River Eligibility Suitability Studies Newsletter," provide feedback on wild and scenic river designation, and sign up for the mailing list. Select "Ross Lake NRA General Management Plan and EIS," then "Open for Public Comment," and then "Skagit Wild and Scenic River Eligibility and Suitability Studies Newsletter." The formal public comment period ends on October 31, 2008.

Note to Editors: Photos and maps are available. Please call Susan Rosebrough at (206) 220-4121 or e-mail susan_rosebrough@nps.gov with your request.

Did You Know?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.