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 »
New Chief Ranger Appointed
Kinsey Shilling Named new Chief of Resource and Visitor Protection for North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Chief Ranger Kinsey Shilling has been named the new Chief of Resource and Visitor Protection for North Cascades National Park Service Complex, which consists of North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
Shilling grew up in Maryland and graduated from Goddard College in Vermont with a degree in outdoor education. His first National Park Service job came in 1976 when he was a lifeguard at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, but his career as a permanent park employee began in 1986. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and Outward Bound Instructor in Lesotho, Africa, he was hired as a seasonal climbing ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park followed by a permanent position at Colonial National Historical Park. Since then, he has worked various jobs in visitor protection, dispatch, fee collection and interpretation at New River Gorge National River, Curecanti National Recreation Area and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
North Cascades National Park Service Superintendent Bill Paleck describes the new addition as an experienced field ranger who has completed a series of successively more demanding supervisory and managerial assignments, equipping him with the background and ability to immediately contribute to this park's management team.
Shilling describes North Cascades National Park as one of the premier Parks in the National Park system and one which I am excited to be a part of. I am looking forward to meeting the park staff and community members, contributing to visitor experience and safety, and enjoying the abundant recreational opportunities available in the Pacific Northwest.
Shilling will begin his new position at the end of November and be responsible for resource and visitor protection in the 684,000 acre complex, over 93% of which is federally designated wilderness.
Did You Know?
Stephen Mather Wilderness comprises 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. About 400 miles of trail provide access to this rugged Wilderness.