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 »
Stehekin River CIP Comments Available
Contact: Jon Riedel, 360 854-7330
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7365 ext.13
North Cascades National Park Service Complex has compiled a summary of all comments received during the Stehekin River Corridor Implementation Plan public scoping period. This summary can be viewed online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/noca. Seventy-three people attended the three public meetings held in January as part of the public scoping process to help identify initial concerns and action items. In addition, 21 people submitted written comments, which combined with the comments from the meetings resulted in more than 440 comments on more than 30 topics. These topics ranged from the scope of the planning effort to the management of large woody debris to the pros and cons of revising the Land Protection Plan (LPP).
This public input was sought as the first step in the planning and environmental impact analysis process to guide future management of lands in the lower Stehekin River corridor within Lake Chelan National Recreation Area in response to repeated flooding.
Based on these comments, National Park Service staff is developing alternative management strategies, site specific actions, and proposed revisions to the LPP. A newsletter outlining these actions under a range of alternatives and a map depicting potential changes to the LPP will be distributed later this summer. The second public involvement period will then begin and include public workshops in Stehekin and Seattle. Specific dates, times and locations of these workshops will be announced in late August.
For more detailed information about the Stehekin River Corridor Implementation Plan and the plan’s schedule, please visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/noca.
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.