• 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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    On September 17 and October 1-15 Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs. 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 »

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    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 »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

New Junior Ranger Program Launched

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Date: July 29, 2009
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 708-1798

North Cascades National Park Complex has launched a dynamic new Junior Ranger Program, which is FREE to the public. Four new age-appropriate activity booklets are being unveiled. The Junior Ranger program goals are for children to have fun in the park and to foster a lasting relationship with the North Cascades. The new program was developed with support from Washington’s National Park Fund and the NPS Centennial Challenge.


“The free Junior Ranger program is a great way for families to explore the park together,” said Chip Jenkins, Superintendent. “My family enjoyed doing the Junior Ranger program. My kids think it’s great.”


The Junior Ranger booklets introduce the unique natural and cultural history of the North Cascades, through a series of fun activities, organized around a specific theme to build connections and knowledge of this national park. Each booklet also has a “totem animal” that helps guide kids and families through the activities and offers instruction, hints and ways they can explore the North Cascades. Activities are grouped into ages 3-5 (Pacific Tree Frog), 5-8 (Black Bear), 8-11 (Raven), and 12+ (Mountain Goat).


Future Junior Rangers can earn badges, patches and certificates by completing at least six activities in the Junior Ranger booklet. Free booklets are available at any of the six visitor information centers in North Cascades National Park Complex.  www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/hours.htm


Staff Pick: WebRangers! Visit www.nps.gov/webrangers/ to become an NPS WebRanger. Kids of all ages are invited to explore and learn about all of the National Park sites through the United States. You can earn virtual badges by completing activities, solving puzzles, reading stories, and sharing your National Park experiences with other WebRangers.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

North Cascades NPSC has over 300 glaciers, more than any other park in the lower 48 states. More than half the glaciers in the 48 states are concentrated in this mountainous wilderness region called the North Cascades.