Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

Categories: National Parks, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read 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...  read more »
  • Stopped in one of camp grounds to have a quick picnic before our hike. The campground wasn't charging the day we went (unsure if it typically does). We pulled into a parking spot and conveniently walk...  read more »
  • Secluded Ross Lake is lined with gorgeous mountain views. Paddling up the lake was a joy, but portage to and from Diablo lake is facilitated by Ross Lake Resort, who prioritize their guests above day hikers and paddlers who arrive first. We were told that we would have to wait 15 min for the next ferry to arrive and up to 2 hours after that if it was full.
  • I love the North Cascades, don't nearly spend enough time here. The Diablo Lake lookout is an essential stop if you wanna catch some views without hiking anywhere! Tons of areas to explore. Get out there!
  • North Cascades is awesome! Do the hike of 16km to see the best vieuw of all. Watch for bears though. We passed one at 10 meters of us.
  • Great place to visit in the summer. The water and the mountains. Nothing could be better.
  • After traveling around Washington state this might be one of the best kept forest areas. Utilized well, protected, historic, and beautiful scenery. The color of the lakes are the best around!
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