• 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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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 1-15. 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 »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

Fees & Reservations

Fee envelopes at Goodell Creek Campground.

NPS/©David Snyder
Fee envelopes at Goodell Creek Campground.
NPS/©David Snyder
There is no entrance fee for North Cascades National Park.
For information regarding entrance fees at other national parks, please click here.


Free to $12 (varies by campground and season)


Camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a $12 per night fee for Colonial Creek and Newhalem Creek campgrounds and a $10 per night fee for Goodell Creek campground. Gorge Lake and Hozomeen campgrounds are free. Backcountry camping (boat-in and wilderness) requires a free permit.

For general information, visit our Camping page.

Car-camping reservations are available only for the group sites at Newhalem Creek and Goodell Creek and in Loop C at Newhalem Creek campground online at Recreation.gov. You may use the links below for the specific campgrounds. You may also call Recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777. Reservations are not available for backcountry (boat-in or wilderness) camping.
Newhalem Campground

Lower Goodell Group Campground
Upper Goodell Group Campground


- Free
Reservations - No reservations, all permits issued first-come, first-served no more than 24 hours in advance.
NORTHWEST FOREST PASS (required at USFS trailheads only)
$5.00 - Day
$30.00 - Annual

There are no trailhead or parking fees for trails that begin on National Park Service lands. The Northwest Forest Pass or Recreation Day Passes are required at many trailheads on adjacent U.S. Forest Service land with trails leading into the national park. You may also use the Annual, Senior or Access passes for U.S. Forest Service recreation sites. The Discovery Pass is a state pass and is neither required nor valid on any federal lands. Passes are available at most ranger stations, many local business, by calling the USGS Store at 1-888-275-8747 or online.
$5.00 - Day
$40.00 - Annual
Between May 1 and October 31 each year, boaters must have a Dock Fee Permit in order to use the docks in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. This is the same permit needed for using the docks provided by the U.S. Forest Service along other parts of the Lake Chelan shoreline. The dock pass can be obtained at the Chelan Ranger Station and selected stores in Chelan and Stehekin, Washington.

Did You Know?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.