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 »
North Cascades National Park To Hold Public Meetings
Contact: Roy Zipp, 360-854-7313
Stehekin: June 24
Stehekin: June 25
Wenatchee: June 25
Seattle: June 26
Sedro Woolley, WA – Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 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.
The meeting format will include a short presentation on the proposed project, followed by an open house format during which you can review project information, talk with park staff, ask questions, and provide comments. The meeting at Stehekin will also include a walk-through of the alternative sites under consideration.
The purpose of the proposed action is to provide cost-effective and sustainable facilities and infrastructure for maintenance and fire operations and housing critical to Lake Chelan National Recreation Area operations that are outside of environmentally sensitive areas. The proposed action is needed to remove several of the existing facilities from the Stehekin River floodplain. The existing facilities also are inefficient to operate and maintain, and a long-term solution for solid waste disposal must be identified and implemented.
Existing maintenance facilities would be removed from the channel migration zone of the Stehekin River, allowing the area to be restored to more natural conditions. In accordance with the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area General Management Plan, new maintenance facilities would be consolidated near the airstrip and would include shuttle bus storage and maintenance; equipment storage; a repair building; a fire cache and dorm; helicopter pad; hazardous storage; and a solid waste compaction/recycling transfer facility. One single-family house for NPS staffs would be built in one of four potential locations.
Comments received before the close of the public scoping period on July 10, 2013, will help identify the issues and concerns to be addressed in the Environmental Assessment. In addition to the public meetings, comments can be submitted on-line at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/noca or in writing to:
Did You Know?
North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes 684,000 acres near the crest of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border south to Lake Chelan.