September 17, 2013
Forbidden Peak Climbing Fatality
On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the body of a 31-year-old climber from Seattle was recovered in North Cascades National Park by NPS rangers, supported by a contracted helicopter from HiLine Helicopters out of Darrington, WA
September 12, 2013
Work on Mudslide in Stehekin Continues
National Park Service crews and local contractors have opened one lane of the Stehekin Road allowing local businesses to remain open and visitor access on up valley to road’s end near Car Wash Falls.
September 06, 2013
Mudslide in Stehekin
A large and powerful storm cell triggered a massive mud and rock slide in the community of Stehekin Thursday night. Many vehicles in the long term parking area and at the mouth of Imus Creek were buried. Businesses affected were Discovery Bikes and Stehekin Reservations and Fly Fishing Shop. Most of the bicycles were damaged or washed into Lake Chelan and the log cabin office for fly fishing and reservations was surrounded by mud and rocks.
August 15, 2013
North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks Seek Public Input on Fisher Reintroduction
North Cascades National Park Complex is seeking comments on a proposed plan to reintroduce the Pacific fisher to Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks. The fisher is a member of the weasel family that occurs in low- to mid-elevation closed canopy forests with large trees and logs.
Considered extirpated (absent) from Washington since the mid-1990s, the Pacific fisher (Pekania pennanti) is the only native carnivore that is no longer found within the Cascade Range of Washington State. In 1998, the State formally listed the fisher as endangered, and in 2004, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the West Coast fisher as a federal candidate for listing as an endangered or threatened species.
August 13, 2013
Cascade River Road Washout Update
In less than 24 hours after a torrential rain event created a 15 foot deep and 60 foot wide chasm in the popular Cascade River Road, employees of the North Cascades National Park took immediate action, and created a temporary vehicle crossing allowing 70 stranded hikers to drive out of the Cascade Pass trailhead parking lot.
August 12, 2013
Cascade River Road Wash-Out
Thunderstorms moved through the western part of North Cascades National Park during the afternoon and early evening of Sunday, August 11, 2013 dumping heavy rain within a short period of time. This caused the Cascade River Road to wash out at its junction with Boston Creek, stranding approximately 25-35 vehicles parked at the Cascade Pass Trailhead 1½ miles above the washout. Sixty-five stranded people stayed the night in their vehicles.
July 26, 2013
Update for North Cascades National Park Fires (July 26, 2013)
North Cascades National Park Complex had two fires reported from thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 17, 2013. Personnel have been managing these fires since the last update.
July 23, 2013
Update for North Cascades National Park Fires
Marblemount, WA – July 22, 2013 - North Cascades National Park Complex had two fires reported from thunderstorms on Tuesday, July 17, 2013. Personnel have been managing these fires since the last report.
July 18, 2013
North Cascades National Park Has Two Fires Reported
North Cascades National Park Complex had two fires reported from Tuesday night’s thunderstorms.
June 20, 2013
North Cascades National Park To Close Tumwater Campground Due To Bear Activity
Until further notice Tumwater Campground on the upper Stehekin Valley Road will be closed, due to bear activity. A bear received a substantial food reward when it broke into a garbage can there on Monday, June 17th.
June 12, 2013
North Cascades National Park To Hold Public Meetings
The National Park Service invites you to help identify the issues and concerns to be addressed in the Environmental Assessment for the “Replacement of Administrative Facilities at Stehekin” by attending one of three public meetings. Join members of the planning team and the park superintendent in Stehekin on June 24, Wenatchee on June 25, and Seattle on June 26 to discuss your ideas, thoughts, and concerns regarding the proposed actions.
February 26, 2013
North Cascades National Park Complex Tourism Creates $26.4 million in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 791,388 visitors to North Cascades National Park Complex, which consists of the park plus Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas spent $26.4 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 358 jobs in the local area.
July 16, 2012
Final Stehekin River Plan Released
Today, the National Park Service released the Stehekin River Corridor Implementation Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement. The purpose of this plan is to address, in a comprehensive way, the steps needed to continue to provide high-quality recreational experiences, protect natural and cultural resources, support the private community of Stehekin, and establish sustainable administrative facilities – including access via the Stehekin Valley Road – as called for in the 1995 Lake Chelan National Recreation Area General Management Plan.
December 01, 2011
Ross Lake National Recreation Area Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Released
The National Park Service today released the Ross Lake National Recreation Area Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. “This final plan is the culmination of five years of planning and work with people that love the North Cascades,” said North Cascades National Park Complex Superintendent Chip Jenkins.