• 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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  • 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 »

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

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes 684,000 acres near the crest of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border south to Lake Chelan.