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Upper Skagit Watershed


The Upper Skagit Watershed falls within several federally and provincially protected and managed lands. In the United States these include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Pasayten Wilderness, and Okanogan National Forest. The Canadian jurisdictions are Skagit Provincial Forest, Skagit Valley Provincial Recreation Area, and E.C. Manning Provincial Park.

These areas support a variety of recreational activities including extensive back country hiking trails, camping sites, boating, fishing, and mountain climbing. Virtually all of the area is remote wilderness. The southern portion of the Watershed is served by US Highway 20. Many of the recreational activities in the Watershed can be undertaken only after hiking from points on the highway or boating up Ross Lake.

The following images are a sampling of the reactional possibilities in the Watershed.

boy at mountain
Boy at mountain
Ross Lake Resort
Ross Lake Resort

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