• 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 »

Visitor Centers

NORTH CASCADES VISITOR CENTERNewhalem Visitor Center

May 16 - June 27: Daily 9:00-5:00
June 28 - Sep. 7: Daily 9:00-6:00
Sep. 8 - Nov 2: Daily 9:00-5:00
Nov 3 - Spring 2015: Closed

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Phone: 206-386-4495 ext.11
Location:
Across the Skagit River from the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) near milepost 120 and the town of Newhalem. Adjacent to Newhalem Creek Campground.
Special Programs:
Special presentations available for school and other groups by prior arrangement.
Exhibits: Relief map of the park and surrounding area, exhibit room featuring multimedia exhibits on the park's natural and cultural history.
Available Facilities:
Theater featuring large format slide program and video presentation. Several short, accessible interpretive trails and restrooms. Information desk. Sales area with books, maps, videos, and other items related to the national park and adjacent national forests.
 

PARK AND FOREST INFORMATION CENTERHeadquarters

Jan. 1 - May 18: Mon. - Fri. 8:00-4:30
May 19 - Oct. 12: Daily 8:00-4:30
Oct. 14 - Dec. 31: Mon. - Fri. 8:00-4:30
Jan. 1, Jan. 20, Oct. 13, Nov. 11, Nov. 27, and Dec. 25, 2014: Closed

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Phone: 360-854-7200
Location:
In Sedro-Woolley, Washington, along the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) about 5 miles east of I-5. One and one-half hours north of Seattle. 810 State Rte. 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA, 98284.
Special Programs:
This station is operated jointly with the Mt. Baker District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades Institute.
Exhibits:
Relief map of the park and adjacent national forests.
Available Facilities:
Information desk. Sales area with books, maps, videos, and other items related to the National Park and adjacent national forests.

 

WILDERNESS INFORMATION CENTERWilderness Information Center

May 9 - June 28: Fri. & Sat. 7:00-6:00, Sun. - Thurs. 8:00-4:30
June 29 - Sep. 4: Fri. & Sat. 7:00-8:00, Sun. - Thurs.: 7:00-6:00
Sept. 5 - Oct. 12: Fri. & Sat. 7:00-6:00, Sun. - Thurs.: 8:00-4:30
Oct. 13 - May 2015: Closed

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Phone: 360-854-7245
Location:
7280 Ranger Station Rd., Marblemount, WA 98267. Drive SR 20 toward Marblemount. Turn onto Ranger Station Road, which leaves SR 20 at milepost 105.3, just west of Marblemount, and drive 0.7 miles to the end of the road and the ranger station.
Exhibits: Exhibits about wilderness and backcountry travel. Relief map. Sales of books, maps, and other items related to wilderness, hiking, and climbing.
Available Facilities:
This center is the main backcountry permit office for North Cascades National Park and the adjacent Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Information desk. Sales area with books, maps, videos, and other items related to the national park and adjacent national forests. Backcountry permits are required year-round and are available at an outdoor self-issue station when the station is closed during the winter season. (More)

 

GOLDEN WEST VISITOR CENTERThe Golden West Visitor Center

Mar. 10 - May 1: Days with ferry service 12:30-1:30
May 1 - May 22: Mon. - Fri. 12:30-2:00, Sat. & Sun. 10:00-2:00
May 23 - Sept. 28: Daily 8:30-5:00
Sept. 29 - Oct. 15: Daily 10:00-2:00
Oct. 16 - Nov. 22: Days with ferry service 12:30-1:30
Nov. 23 - Mar. 2015: Closed

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Phone: 509-699-2080 ext. 14
Location:
A short walk from the passenger ferry landing at Stehekin Landing near the north end of 50-mile long Lake Chelan. Reached via passenger ferry, trail, or float plane. Not accessible by road vehicle.
Special Programs:
Arts & Humanities of Stehekin operates the Golden West Gallery, which features a series of exhibits of work by local artists and crafts people.
Exhibits:
Relief map and exhibits on natural and cultural history of the area.
Available Facilities:
Information desk, sales of books, maps, and other items related to the area. Obtain free backcountry permits for valley campsites or overnight backcountry trips into the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area or North Cascades National Park. Audiovisual program available throughout the day. Daytime short talks. In summer, children's programs, guided walks, bicycle tours and nightly evening programs.

 

Glacier Public Service CenterGLACIER PUBLIC SERVICE CENTER

Winter hours: Sat. - Sun. 9:00-3:00
Late May: Fri. - Sun. 8:00-4:30 (also open Memorial Day 8:00-4:30)
Starting May 29: Thurs - Mon. 8:00-4:30
June 5 - mid-Oct.: Daily 8:00-4:30

Fall, winter and spring hours vary. During these times, please call the Glacier Public Service Center for seasonal hours.

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Phone: 360-599-2714
Location:
Just east of Glacier, Washington, on the Mt. Baker Highway (Highway 542). 10091 Mt Baker Hwy, Glacier, WA 98244
Exhibits:
Relief map of Mount Baker and exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Mt. Baker District, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Available Facilities:
This is a U.S. Forest Service ranger station that is jointly staffed by both USFS and National Park Service rangers during the summer season. Backpackers and climbers can obtain free backcountry permits required for overnight stays in areas within North Cascades National Park that are accessed via trailheads along the Mt. Baker Highway, such as Mt. Shuksan, the Chilliwack River drainage, or Copper Ridge. Sales of books, maps, recreation passes, and other items related to the area. (More)

 

CHELAN RANGER STATIONLake Chelan Ranger Station

Mon. - Fri.
7:45-4:30
Closed federal holidays

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Phone: 509-682-4900
Location:
In Chelan, Washington, at the edge of Lake Chelan near the foot of the lake. 428 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA, 98816
Available Facilities:
This is an office of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest where information can be obtained concerning Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, including Stehekin. Information counter. Sales of books, maps, and other items related to the National Forest, National Park and National Recreation Area. (More about the National Forest)

 

METHOW VALLEY RANGER STATION

Mon. - Fri. 7:40-4:30, closed federal holidays
Summer (late June-Sept.): may also be open on weekends and holidays, call for details

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Phone
: 509-996-4003
Location
: 24 West Chewuch Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862
Available Facilities
: Information counter. Sales of books, maps, and other items related to the National Forest, National Park, and National Recreation Areas. This is an office of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, staffed jointly in summer by USFS and National Park Service rangers. Visitors from eastern WA can obtain permits here for backcountry trips into North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, or Ross Lake National Recreation Area. This includes trips that begin at Forest Service trailheads, such as those along Twisp River Road, or trailheads on State Highway 20 east of Newhalem.

 

SKAGIT INFORMATION CENTER

May 23 - June 29: Fri. - Sun. 9:00-5:00
July 1 - Sep. 1: Daily 9:00-5:00
Sept. 5 - Sep. 28: Fri. - Sun. 9:00-5:00

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Location:
On SR 20 in the town of Newhalem
Facilities: Information counter. Jointly operated by Seattle City Light, North Cascades Institute, and North Cascades National Park. Information on Newhalem, Skagit Tours, and general park information. Exhibits on hydroelectric power and Skagit Project dams and communities.

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.