Increased Recreational Access to More Areas

The park complex is increasing recreational access for overnight use. Campgrounds, the Wilderness Information Center, and backcountry campsites will open beginning June 12. Visitor centers and group campsites remain closed. Learn more.

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Is the park open?

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, North Cascades National Park Service Complex is increasing recreational access for overnight use. Day use, including overlooks, trails, and boat ramps, reopened during the previous phase.

Beginning June 12, North Cascades National Park Service Complex will reopen access to:

  • Campgrounds. Check current campground status.
  • Wilderness Information Center (backcountry permits/info)
  • Backcountry campsites/overnight stays (NOTE: Many trails have not yet been assessed or cleared; downed trees, washouts, and other hazards may be encountered; access to Sourdough Mtn. Trail and Diablo/Ross dams may be restricted through Seattle City Light managed areas)
  • Hozomeen--accessible only from the United States side by hiking or boating via State Route 20/Ross Lake; the international border gate will remain closed until further notice
  • Stehekin marina and public docks (all boat ramps reopened during previous phase)

What is still closed in the park?

With public health and safety in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • All visitor centers (Information is available 9 am-4:30 pm in the parking lot area outside the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem)
  • Group campsites in Goodell, Colonial, and Newhalem campgrounds

How can I recreate safely in the park?

Recreate Responsibly: park visitors should follow local area public health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park activities to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Have you closed park roads?

State Route 20 has been cleared and is open for travel as of May 12.

Last updated: September 21, 2020

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