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Ross Lake National Recreation Area. How to get by car to the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. How to book a room and its price in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area

 

 

Ross Lake

National Recreation Area

In northwestern Washington, near Diablo

 

The 118,000-acre recreation area provides the corridor for the popular North Cascades Highway (Rte. 20). Its three lakes—12,000-acre Ross Lake, 910-acre Diablo Lake, and 210-acre Gorge Lake—afford water access to the more remote areas in the North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The area was established on October 2, 1968.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Auto touring, bird- and wildlife watching, boating (rentals, Ross Lake Resort), canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, river rafting, rock climbing. Facilities: North Cascades Visitor Center (Rte. 20 in Newhalem), amphitheaters, trails, wayside exhibits. Book and map sales area, boat-launching ramps. Programs & Events: Interpretive programs, guided and self-guided walks (mostly July-Sept.). Earth Day (mid-Apr). Tips & Hints: Be prepared for rapid changes in weather. The surrounding area is primarily a wilderness park with few frontcountry activities. Hang all food out of the reach of bears. Check stream conditions before starting trips. Crossing snowfields may require special equipment. Go Memorial Day-Sept, for best weather. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: 4 campgrounds in the park: Colonial Creek (Rte. 20 at Diablo Lake; 152 sites; $12; flush toilets; closed Oct.-mid-May), Good-ell Creek (Rte. 20, 10lA mi west of park visitor center turnoff; 21 tent sites; $10), Hozomeen (Hozomeen Trail; 152 walk-in tent sites; free; vault toilets; closed Nov.-Apr.), Newhalem Creek (Rte. 20 near Newhalem Visitor Center; 111 RV sites; $12; flush toilets; closed mid-Oct.-mid-May). Backcountry camping allowed (permit required, see below).  Hotels: In the park: Ross Lake Resort (tel. 206/386-4437; 15 cabins; $92-$ 197; walk in or boat in only). X Restaurants: None in park. See Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park.  Groceries & Gear: None in park. See Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Northwest Forest Pass ($5 per day or $30 annual) required for parking along the Cascade River and at some trailheads within Ross Lake. Permits required (free) for all backcountry and boat-in camping (Wilderness Information Center, tel. 360/873-4500 Ext. 39, May-Oct. in Marblemount; National Park Headquarters, tel. 360/856-5700 Ext. 515, winter). Permits issued in person only, up to one day before trip. Washington state fishing and hunting licenses required. Leashed pets only on trails. Recreation area open daily. Visitor center (Newhalem) open mid-Apr.-early Nov., daily; early Nov.-mid-Apr., weekends. Part of Rte. 20 closes in winter. Exact opening and closing dates of highway depend on snow and avalanche conditions.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Access to the area is via Rte. 20 from Burlington to the west and Winthrop to the east. The north end of Ross Lake is reached by a 39-mi gravel road exiting from Trans-Canada Rte. 1 near Hope, ??. There is no road access from Rte. 20 to the south end of Ross Lake. Closest airport: Seattle-Tacoma (140 mi).

 

CONTACTS

North Cascades National Park Service Complex (810 Rte. 20, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284, tel. 360/856-5700, fax 360/856-1934). Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce (714 ? Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, tel. 360/855-1841). Concrete Chamber of Commerce (Box 743, Concrete, WA 98237, tel. 360/853-7042).

Ross Lake National Recreation Area. How to get by car to the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. How to book a room and its price in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area