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 Landing Accessibility Improvements
Contact: Kerri Cook, 360 854-7280
National Park Service Continues Accessibility Improvements in Stehekin: Public Input Sought for the Stehekin Ferry Landing
The National Park Service is seeking public input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Stehekin Winter Ferry Landing Improvement Project. This project will provide universal access at the Stehekin Ferry Landing for all passengers traveling via the commercial ferry system. It is part of over $2 million dollars in work that has been completed or is planned to improve the accessibility of facilities and services in Stehekin.
"We want people to come and visit Stehekin," said North Cascades National Park Complex Superintendent Chip Jenkins. "To encourage this, we have invested in new accessible shuttle buses and are currently remodeling the restrooms at the Stehekin Landing Resort to make them accessible. This ferry landing improvement project is part of our overall effort to upgrade facilities to improve their accessibility for visitors to Stehekin."
The Stehekin Winter Ferry Landing Improvement Project will enhance passenger safety and experience by improving accessibility to and from the ferries. The need for this proposal was first identified in the 1995 General Management Plan for Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The specific alternatives presented in the EA were developed in response to the Americans with Disability Act Accessibility Guidelines and National Park Service directives which state that park transportation systems shall be "universally designed" to provide the highest levels of accessibility for mobility impaired persons.
"Your input is needed to develop the best possible project." said Jenkins. "So come to one of the public meetings or submit your comments online."
Public meetings are scheduled as follows:
Thursday, March 18
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Campbell’s Resort, East-West Conference Room
104 W. Woodin Street, Chelan
This meeting will include a presentation followed by a public comment session.
Friday, March 19
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Golden West Visitor Center, Stehekin
This meeting will begin at the Golden West Visitor Center with a presentation about the project, then move (weather permitting) to the Stehekin Ferry Landing to answer questions and discuss the project on-site with National Park Service staff and project engineers.
Public comments can also be provided online. Visit http://www.nps.gov/noca/parkmgmt/ferry.htm to access the EA and instructions for submitting written comments. To receive full consideration, comments must be post-marked (if sent via regular mail) or submitted (if sent online) by April 2, 2010.
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.