Skagit Tours

There's nothing like the beauty of the North Cascades. You can experience it all on one of our four Skagit Tours - designed for fun and education for all ages. Try one or combine to make a day of it!

Presented in partnership with North Cascades Institute and National Park Service, Skagit Tours have connected visitors to the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest and our clean hydro resources for nearly 100 years.

Diablo Lake and Lunch Tour

A view of Diablo Lake over the front of a tour boat

Enjoy the stunning beauty of Diablo Lake aboard the Alice Ross IV - a glass roof boat designed to provide the best views from inside or outside the boat. As you cruise the glacier-fed lake, you will learn about the surrounding ecosystem and enjoy views of mountain peaks, islands and waterfalls. You will hear stories about early explorers and settlers of the area and the challenges and successes of dams and powerhouses in remote locations. Then, you'll end the tour with a delicious, organic and locally sourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

Diablo Lake Afternoon Tours

This is a shortened version of the Diablo Lake and Lunch Tour, designed for those with less time or arriving later in the day to the North Cascades. It includes the lake tour aboard the Alice Ross IV, but does not include lunch or a snack.

The Powerhouse Insiders Tour

Guiding you through our Gorge Powerhouse and into the amazing history of our company town, this tour gives you the behind the scenes view of our hydropower history. The tour starts with a walk through the historic town of Newhalem and then on to the Gorge Powerhouse to tour the generator floor and learn how hydroelectric power Is made and managed. The tour ends with a delicious picnic lunch in the shade of the old Newhalem trees.

Dam Good Chicken Dinner and Ladder Creek Falls by Night

Your tour will start at the newly renovated Gorge Inn, where you'll be treated to the famous Dam Good Chicken Dinner (or vegetarian lasagna). After dinner, you will cross the street to Currier Hall for a slideshow on the history of City Light's role in building and operating the hydroelectric project in the North Cascades and the town of Newhalem. Then, take a short stroll along the Skagit River and cross a suspension bridge to Ladder Creek Gardens to see three rushing waterfalls illuminated by a stunning light show.