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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 »

Winter Wilderness Fun Awaits you in Stehekin

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Date: December 7, 2007
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7365

Winter is an excellent time to visit Stehekin and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. This week’s 36 inches of snowfall started the snowshoeing and up-valley ski season in the Stehekin Valley. Numerous snowshoe and backcountry ski routes invite visitors of all ability levels to experience the beauty, solitude, and wildlife of the winter wilderness.


December 28 through March 8, the National Park Service will offer ranger programs covering various natural and cultural history topics on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Stehekin Landing Resort and guided snowshoe walks on Saturday mornings meeting at the end of the plowed Stehekin Road. The Golden West Visitor Center is open 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and will be open daily 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. March 15 through April 30. National Park Service rangers at the Golden West Visitor Center can provide details and maps of area trails, trip planning assistance and naturalist information on the Stehekin Valley. The Golden West Visitor Center also offers a bookstore, resource reading area, informational exhibits and the Golden West Gallery, which features exhibits of art inspired by the North Cascades.


The National Park Service concession operation, Stehekin Landing Resort, is open through the winter. The restaurant is open for lunch on all boat service days. Beginning December 26, full restaurant service is available on weekends from Friday mid-day to Sunday mid-day. The Resort also offers fully equipped kitchenettes, equipment rentals, vehicle rentals and transportation service to ski and snowshoe trails on the weekend. Information on weekend and holiday packages is available on their website www.stehekinlanding.com. Other lodging options and recreational services are available throughout the Stehekin Valley. Visit www.stehekin.com for more information.


Further information on Stehekin and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, including ski/snowshoe trails and conditions is available at www.nps.gov/noca or by calling the Golden West Visitor Center at 360-854-7365 x.14.

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North Cascades is now on Flickr!

North Cascades National Park is uploading its digital image library to Flickr! Be inspired, download your favorite images, or even add your own vacation photographs to the group pool: Friends of the North Cascades. More...