• 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 »

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.
$5.00 - Day
$30.00 - Annual

There are no trailhead 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. 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?

lupine is a common flower in dry sunny areas

In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.