• 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 »

Boat-In Camping

Canoes loaded for camping  prepare to launch at the Colonial Creek boat launch. Image Credit: NPS/NOCA/David Snyder
Canoes at Colonial Creek loaded for camping on Diablo Lake.
NPS/NOCA/David Snyder
 

Seclusion, scenery, and still water. Twenty-five boat-in camps dot the backcountry shorelines of North Cascades National Park Complex. On Lake Chelan, explore the shoreline of a water pathway used by human travelers for thousands of years. Along the Skagit, visit hidden coves, islands, and bays created by the dams of the Skagit Hydroelectric Project on Diablo and Ross Lakes.

Use the following lists and the Wilderness Trip Planner before your visit.

 
Lake Chelan Boat-In Camps
These sites are accessed from the Stehekin region.
 
Camp Number of Sites Elevation Comments
Weaver Point

22

1100

Treated water. Direct access to Stehekin Landing by boat.
Manly Wham

1

1100

Lakeshore camp near Bridal Veil Falls.
Flick Creek

1

1100

Camp located near Lakeshore Trail.
 
Ross Lake Boat-In Camps
Refer to Boating on Ross Lake for special regulations and tips for the backcountry.
 
Camp Miles (KM) From Ross Dam Miles (KM)
From Hozomeen
Number
of Sites

Group
Sites

Trail
Access

Boat
Dock
Green Point

0.8 (1.3)

21.2 (33.9)

5

X

X

X

Cougar Island

2.4 (3.9)

19.6 (31.4)

2

X

Roland Point

3.5 (5.6)

18.5 (29.6)

1

McMillan

4 (6.4)

18 (28.8)

3

X

X

Spencer's

4.3 (6.9)

17.7 (28.3)

2

X

Big Beaver

4.6 (7.4)

17.4 (27.8)

7

X

X

X

May Creek

5 (8)

17 (27.2)

1

X

X

Rainbow Point

6 (9.6)

16 (25.6)

3

X

X

Devil's Junction

9 (14.4)

13 (20.8)

1

X

X

Ten Mile Island

10 (16)

12 (19.2)

3

Dry Creek

10.4 (16.7)

11.6 (18.6)

4

Ponderosa

11 (17.6)

11 (17.6)

2

X

Lodgepole

11.4 (18.4)

10.6 (17)

3

X

X

Lightning Creek Stock Camp

11.8 (18.9)

10.2 (16.3)

2

X

X

Lightning Creek Boat Camp

12 (19.3)

10 (16)

6

X

X

X

Cat Island

13 (20.8)

9 (14.4)

4

X

X

Little Beaver

15 (24)

7 (11.2)

5

X

X

X

Boundry Bay

16.5 (26.5)

5.5 (8.8)

3

X

X

Silver Creek

20 (32)

2 (3.2)

3

X

X

Hozomeen

22 (35)

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Drive in campground
 
Diablo Lake Boat Access Camps
 
Camp Miles (KM) From
Colonial Creek
Campground
Number
of Sites
Boat
Dock
Buster Brown

2.8 (4.7)

3

X

Hidden Cove

2.6 (4.3)

1

X

Thunder Point

2.0 (3.3)

3

X

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