July 25, 2016
Music in the American Wild
Music in the American Wild will provide five free performances as a part of the National Park Service Centennial year celebrations on August 7, 8, and 10. Imagine hearing the sounds of classical music echoing across the Cascade Mountains as an ensemble of seven musicians perform newly composed works inspired by majestic national park locations throughout the country. Music in the American Wild performances include:
July 05, 2016
Non-native Fish Species Management at McAlester Lake
In an effort to protect native cutthroat trout from hybridization and competition with non-native fish, North Cascades National Park Service Complex (NOCA) will conduct intensive fish and habitat surveys to determine the best options for the removal of non-native rainbow and rainbow/cutthroat hybrid trout from McAlester Lake. These surveys are scheduled to begin this August. Following the surveys and for the next two years, the park will deploy gillnets in the lake on a monthly basis from July through October. Throughout all of these activities, McAlester Lake will remain open for recreation.
May 27, 2016
Trails and Areas Open After 2015 Fire Season
Park officials will reopen ten trails and areas within North Cascades National Park Service Complex on Friday, May 27, 2016. Other trails and areas will remain closed due to safety hazards in burned areas.
May 16, 2016
Citizen Scientists Needed on Quest to Discover Living Organisms
North Cascades National Park Service Complex will host a Centennial BioBlitz - a treasure hunt to discover living organisms – May 20 and 21, 2016 as part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service. Park rangers and scientists will lead volunteers of all ages and backgrounds as citizen scientists for a day to develop a “snapshot” of biodiversity in the park and count and identify plant and animal species using the iNaturalist app, cameras, and field guides.
April 22, 2016
Tourism to North Cascades National Park Service Complex Creates $44,098,600 in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 825,441 visitors to North Cascades National Park Service Complex, which includes Lake Chelan NRA, North Cascades National Park, and Ross Lake NRA, in 2015, spent $36,351,300 in communities near the parks. That spending supported 448 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $44,098,600.
March 04, 2016
Construction Begins on Cascade River Road in April
Cascade River Road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic from April 3 through May 13 during construction on Hard Creek Bridge. Drivers may experience up to 20 minute delays from May 14 to May 25, 2016. The road closure will begin at the Lookout Mountain Trail parking area near milepost 7 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side.
November 12, 2015
Howard Lake and Howard Creek Renamed in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
The United States Board on Geographic Names, acting on a recommendation from the National Park Service, voted unanimously today to rename two features in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area from Coon Lake and Coon Creek to Howard Lake and Howard Creek. The action came after the National Park Service reexamined the historic record and uncovered previously overlooked evidence that placed a Nineteenth Century African American prospector at the lake.
September 25, 2015
Burn Ban Lifted in all areas of North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Effective immediately, the burn ban on all lands within North Cascades National Park Service Complex is lifted. This includes all National Park Service lands and campgrounds in Stehekin, along State Route 20 and the Ross Lake area.
September 24, 2015
FONSI Issued for the Replacement of Administrative Facilities at Stehekin
The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Replacement of Administrative Facilities at Stehekin Environmental Assessment (EA) is available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/SMFRP. The FONSI describes the selected action and provides responses to public comments and an explanation of why it will have no significant impacts on the environment.
September 21, 2015
Every Kid in a Park
North Cascades National Park Service Complex invites all 4th grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.
September 08, 2015
Public Workshop on Solid Waste Disposal for Stehekin
The public is invited to participate in a series of public workshop meetings to discuss both the proposed rule to authorize a solid waste transfer station within the boundaries of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and the reduced rate proposal for solid waste management service. The meetings previously scheduled in September were postponed due to fire activity in Eastern Washington. Public meetings will begin with a 30-minute presentation with a question and answer period, followed by a workshop of small breakout groups to discuss various elements of the proposed solid waste management service. The public comment period for this proposed rule is open until October 13, 2015.
September 03, 2015
Trail and Area Closures in Effect
The North Cascades Visitor Center and most trails on the west side of North Cascades National Park Service Complex are now open. Rain and higher humidity have reduced the amount of fire activity throughout the park.
September 02, 2015
Burn Ban Lifted in Skagit and Whatcom Counties of North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Effective immediately, the burn ban on lands in Skagit and Whatcom counties within North Cascades National Park Service Complex is lifted. This includes all National Park Service lands and campgrounds along State Route 20, the Ross Lake area, west of Rainy Pass, and north of Park Creek Pass and Cascade Pass.
August 28, 2015
SR 20 Tentatively Set to Open Sunday, August 30
Coordinated evaluations by officials with Great Basin Incident Management Team 4, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and National Park Service (NPS) have determined State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, may open as soon as Sunday, Aug. 30.
August 26, 2015
Cascade River Road Closed at MP 20 September 8 2015
Cascade River Road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic from September 8 through late October 2015. The road closure will begin at the Eldorado parking area near milepost 20 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side. Eldorado Peak and other peaks accessed via Eldorado Creek will not be affected by the road closure.
August 26, 2015
Cascade Pass Trail and Camp Closures in Effect
Park officials have closed a portion of the Cascade Pass Trail from the junction with the Sahale Arm Trail to the junction of the Upper Stehekin Valley Trail and the Flat Creek Trail due to the Glory Fire. Pelton Basin, Basin Creek and Cottonwood camps are closed as well as the Horseshoe Basin Trail. The Trapper Lake area is also closed.
August 19, 2015
Goodell Fire State Route 20 Closure and Evacuation
Goodell Fire burned down to and crossed State Route 20 this afternoon causing a rockslide. The Department of Transportation has closed the highway while firefighters and helicopters work to slow the fire’s spread, remove the debris and make the popular scenic route safe for travelers again. The North Cascades Visitor Center, the Upper and Lower Goodell group camps, and Newhalem Creek Campground are closed due to the fire and concern for visitor safety.
August 19, 2015
Goodell Fire Campground Closures in Effect
Park officials have closed the Upper and Lower Goodell group camps and Newhalem Creek Campground due to the close proximity of the Goodell Fire, which is burning near the town of Newhalem. The North Cascades Visitor Center remains open. Additional closures may occur as fire activity changes.
August 14, 2015
Rocky Beaver Fire Trail and Camp Closures in Effect
Park officials have closed a portion of the Little Beaver Trail from Little Beaver Boat Camp to the junction of Big Beaver Trail due to the Rocky Beaver Fire. Perry Creek Camp is closed; Little Beaver Boat Camp remains open. Backcountry travelers can access Whatcom Pass from the east via the Big Beaver Trail and the portion of the Little Beaver Trail west of the junction with the Big Beaver Trail.
August 12, 2015
Stehekin Open for Business
The Stehekin community in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area is open of business. The nearby Wolverine wildfire and smoke have subsided and all services are open.
August 11, 2015
Climber Dies Near Fisher Peak
A 46-year old male from Bellingham, WA was killed by rock fall on Sunday, August 9, 2015 in the Fisher Peak area near Easy Pass in North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Other members of his group responded immediately to provide first aid and initiated CPR shortly thereafter.
July 30, 2015
Park Creek Trail Closed Due to Goode Fire
Lightning likely started a fire approximately 1,000 feet above Five Mile Camp near Goode Mountain in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Goode Fire was detected Wednesday and was estimated to be approximately 2 acres in size. Fire access is difficult due to high cliffs and steep terrain. With continued high temperatures and dry weather, firefighters will monitor the situation and call in additional resources as needed.