Places To Go
Ross Lake National Recreation Area, along State Route 20 (PDF 1.26 MB), is where most visitors enter the park complex. The Skagit River, and three major reservoirs (Gorge, Diablo and Ross Lakes) offer ample recreation and sightseeing. Points of interest include visitor centers, viewpoints, short trails, campgrounds, and the Stephen Mather Wilderness. A new Environmental Learning Center is located on the shores of Diablo Lake.
Because roads do not go to Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, most visitors travel by passenger ferry and land at the remote village of Stehekin. Passengers can board Lake Chelan Boat Co. vessels at Chelan or Field’s Point.
North Cascades Institute offers a variety of hands-on programs, including Mountain School, a residential program for elementary, junior and high-school students from various school districts in western Washington. Other programs include summer youth adventures, family getaways, adult seminars, and retreats, graduate studies and volunteer stewardship opportunities.
North Cascades Institute operates North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in partnership with the City of Seattle and the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
North Cascades NPSC has over 300 glaciers, more than any other park in the lower 48 states. More than half the glaciers in the 48 states are concentrated in this mountainous wilderness region called the North Cascades.