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North Cascades National Park Service Complex

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810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284



Jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and over 300 glaciers adorn the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Three park units in this mountainous region are managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. These complementary protected lands are united by a contiguous overlay of Stephen Mather Wilderness.

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The park and recreation areas are always open, but access is limited by snow in winter. Note that State Route 20 (North Cascades Scenic Highway), the major access to Ross Lake NRA, is partially closed from approximately mid-November to mid-April. Exact opening and closing dates depend on weather, snow depths, and avalanche hazards.

Visitor Centers & Ranger Stations:

North Cascades NP Visitor Center - All Year, Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm
North Cascades NP Headquarters - All Year Daily beginning May 25, Mon. - Fri., 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wilderness Information Center - Open late April through October. Weekends only in spring and fall, extended hours in summer.
Golden West Visitor Center - Boat-time winter and spring. Daily in summer.

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Basic Directions

Primary access to the North Cascades and Ross Lake National Recreation Area is off of State Route (SR) 20, which connects to I-5 at Burlington. Branch routes lead to Baker Lake (Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest) and the Cascade River. In winter, SR 20 is closed at Washington Pass beyond Ross Lake. There is no car access to the Stehekin Valley and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Take Highway 2 to the town of Chelan where passenger ferry and plane access is available. There is also trail access off of SR 20. The only road access to the shore of Ross Lake is via the Silver-Skagit Road (gravel) from near Hope, British Columbia.

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