Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

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Ross Lake National Recreation Area is a US National Recreation Area located in north central Washington just south of the Canadian border. It is the most accessible part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex which also includes North Cascades National Park and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Ross Lake NRA follows the Skagit River corridor from the Canadian border to the western foothills of the Cascades. The NRA contains a portion of scenic Washington State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, and includes three reservoirs: 12,000acre Ross Lake, 910acre Diablo Lake, and 210acre Gorge Lake. These reservoirs make up the Skagit Hydroelectic Project operated by Seattle City Light. Nestled in the "American Alps" the Ross Lake NRA bisects the north and south units of North Cascades National Park. The Shape of the National Recreation area, was design to prevent the proposed High ross dam from flooding the national park.
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  • This is a must stop for everyone especially after a long drive in the North Cascades National Park. Every time my hubby and I visited this place in September, it's always cold, and whether it's sunny ...  more »
  • If you're like me, you came to this part of the world to visit North Cascades National Park. What you find out when you get here is that the National Park is the least accessible part of the region, a...  more »
  • Served by Goodell Creek, Newhalem and Colonial Creek campgrounds along Hwy 20. Hiking trails for all ability levels - even the easier trails are scenic, but the higher you climb, the greater the visua...  more »
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  • Went backpacking here and it's great! Trails were fairly flat and mostly maintained with a few fallen trees across the path that the rangers haven't cleared yet. The camp sites were really nice with fire rings and outhouses.
  • Great park for motorcyclists as well as cars! If you are heading east stop in Winthrop and surrounding towns for gifts and food. There are no services the pass that I can recall.
  • Stunning beauty, jaw dropping sites :) Sadly my pictures are just from the rest area :(.
  • Absolutely beautiful location. Worth the drive through and a stop.
  • Beautiful and well maintained. The pictures don't lie- the views are phenomenal!