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North Cascades National Park Service Complex

North Cascades National Park Service Complex - BEST Places to Picnic

810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Visitor Information
(360) 854-7200
Wilderness Information Center
(360) 854-7245

WELCOME to the North Cascades National Park Service Complex

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.

A Rich Tapestry

The mountains, forests, rivers and lakes of North Cascades National Park Service Complex provide a rich tapestry of visitor experience for all abilities and interests. Almost 400 miles of trails and vast undeveloped wilderness allow visitors to experience nature with minimal human-caused intrusions. 

Possible experiences range from accessible trails to world class mountaineering, including scenic drives, hiking, camping, nature-watching, relaxation, boating and fishing.
Mountain Lakes Fishery Management Plan

The final Mountain Lakes Fishery Management Plan for the North Cascades National Park Service Complex has been issued and is available on the NPS park planning site.

The purpose of the Mountain Lakes Fishery Management Plan is to guide cooperative fishery management actions by the NPS and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in order to:

  • Conserve native biological integrity
  • Provide a spectrum of recreational opportunities and visitor experiences, including sport fishing
  • Resolve the long-standing debate and conflicts over fish stocking in the naturally fishless

The North Cascades are Calling

You are invited to visit and enjoy North Cascades National Park. As we enter our 5th decade of caring for the park we need your help to care for the North Cascades. Enjoy a visit to the park where recreation, education and restoration blend as one. Experience the natural splendors of the North Cascades, meet interesting people and contribute to the wellbeing of the park.

What�s not to do in the North Cascades National Park Service Complex?

Outdoor activities, scenic vistas, and educational opportunities abound. Stop by a visitor center and enjoy an interpretive talk or a walk with a ranger. Visit the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and stretch your legs at one of the stops along the scenic North Cascades Highway. 

Have a picnic, or go camping with the family. Take a trip into the wilderness for a premier backpacking or climbing experience. Ride the Lady of the Lake to the historic and unique town of Stehekin in the heart of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. 

Take a class from the North Cascades Institute at the new Environmental Learning Center. Go fishing in a lake or river. Perhaps, even take a rafting trip down a river! Have a horse? Stock are welcome on many of the trails. Learn about these activities and more from the links above.

Places to Picnic

  • Colonial Creek
  • Goodell Creek
  • Harlequin Campground
  • High Bridge
  • Newhelman
  • Newhelman Creek
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Tumwater
  • Weaver Point

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