• 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 »

Spring Activities and Concession Site Visits

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Date: May 10, 2011
Contact: Chip Jenkins, 360-854-7205

May 17, 2011: Stehekin Site Visit
July 12, 2011: Proposals Due by 4:00 p.m. PDT
Prospectus: http://www.nps.gov/commercialservices

The National Park Service is hosting a site visit for parties interested in
providing commercial services within the Stehekin Valley at the head of Lake Chelan. Business entrepreneurs are invited to travel to Stehekin to tour the concession facilities in Stehekin on May 17, 2011. This site visit will allow potential bidders to experience the journey to Stehekin, view the facilities, and understand the services and activities offered through this concession contract.

Stehekin Landing Resort currently provides these concession services and is now open to visitors for the summer. They will continue to be in full operation through October 31, 2011.  Concession operations under a new contract will begin after this summer season and run for the next ten years.

“The concession operation is a key component in supporting visitors to Stehekin and North Cascades National Park. Stehekin is now getting ready for the busy summer season, and we invite people to visit and enjoy this beautiful treasure. At the same time, we invite interested business leaders to come and learn more about this great opportunity,” said Chip Jenkins, Superintendent North Cascades National Park Complex.

The National Park Service recently re-advertised this Stehekin business opportunity with revisions to the prospectus in an effort to create a more attractive contract. The concession contract is to provide visitor services, including overnight accommodations, food, beverage, retail, fuel, and transportation services in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, a unit of North Cascades National Park Complex (http://www.nps.gov/noca). The National Park Service is required to award concession contracts through a competitive bid process. A copy of the prospectus is available at http://www.nps.gov/commercialservices, and proposals are due on July 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. PDT.

Travel to Stehekin is by Lady of the Lake Passenger Ferry and attendance at the site visit could require an overnight stay in Stehekin. For more information or to RSVP for this site visit, please notify Annelise Lesmeister at (509) 682-4921 no later than noon, Friday May 13. Travel plans should be finalized before this date.

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The Stehekin Landing Resort is now welcoming spring visitors. Rainbow Falls Tours, which bring visitors to the 312-foot Rainbow Falls in red vintage-style buses, have begun and offer a great family adventure for day-trippers to Stehekin. Visitors can also enjoy lunch at the Resort’s restaurant or spend a peaceful night in fully-equipped kitchen units.

Stehekin Landing Resort is also taking reservations for lodging and activities for the 2011 summer season. Please visit their website at http://www.stehekinlanding.com.

The National Park Service has also recently open the newly constructed and fully ADA accessible Rainbow Mist Trail, which offers additional viewpoints of Rainbow Falls. See photos of the Rainbow Mist Trail at http://bit.ly/jcIJW4.

Stehekin is a destination for relaxation, adventure, and family fun–providing an array of recreation opportunities, including spectacular days hikes, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, and ranger-led activities. Accessible only by foot, ferry or plane, Stehekin attractions include the 312-foot Rainbow Falls, Historic Buckner Homestead (orchard), and the dynamic Stehekin River.

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.