Dam Good Chicken Dinner & Ladder Creek Falls by Night
Reserve dinner day of program no later than 3:30 p.m. by calling (360) 854-2589 or in person at the Skagit Information Center in Newhalem
June 29 – September 1
Thursdays & Fridays Adults & Seniors: $19 Youth (6-12 years): $14 Children (<6 years): $5
Dinner 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Slideshow & talk on cultural history of Newhalem area: 8:00 - 8:45 p.m. Walk to Ladder Creek Gardens: 8:45 - 9:00 p.m. Ladder Creek Falls by Night: 9:15 - 9:45 p.m. Return to Newhalem 9:45 - 10:00 p.m.
Tour capacity: 40 people
Tour involves walking about a mile over varied terrain. Trail along the falls is steep and includes stairs and some unpaved sections.
Jacket, bug spray, and flashlight recommended
Wheelchair accessible except for the upper two falls.
Reservations for dinner are required. Slide show and tour of Ladder Creek Falls are free and don’t require reservations.
The quiet town of Newhalem has a lively past and once hosted hundreds of visitors who dined and danced under the stars. Guests had dinner at Gorge Inn and then strolled through Ladder Creek Gardens, where they marveled at the "wonders of electricity" that illuminated the falls and provided a musical background. Seattle City Light, the National Park Service and the North Cascades Institute have teamed up to provide that historical experience for visitors once again.
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), a long Skagit tradition now updated and available only for these tours. Dinner also includes a delicious salad, tasty side dishes, tempting dessert and a beverage. After dinner, you will cross the street to Currier Hall for a slideshow presentation on the history of City Light in the North Cascades and the role of the town of Newhalem in building and operating the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. As evening descends, join your guides for a short stroll along the Skagit River and across a suspension bridge to Ladder Creek Gardens for the main attraction—three rushing waterfalls, each illuminated by multicolored lights that change by the minute. Take a step back in time, as the historic light show inspires and entertains.
Take a relaxing guided tour through Ladder Creek Falls by Night