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Subject:   Skagit Tours Return
Celebrating 75 years, 1928 to 2003
For Immediate Release:   
4/4/2003  12:00:00 AM
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Seattle City Light will again offer its scenic Skagit Tours in the spectacular North Cascades this summer. Now called "Diablo Lake Adventure," it is a 2 1/2-hour escorted tour and boat ride on the Alice Ross III up the rugged and narrow Diablo Lake Canyon. The snowcapped peaks of the North Cascades surround the setting, home of Seattle City Light's Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.

Seattle City Light began hosting Skagit Tours for Seattle citizens in 1928, when the Skagit Project was the most modern hydroelectric facility of its time. J.D Ross, City Light Superintendent from 1911 to 1939, began the tours to generate continued voter approval and funding for Skagit Project construction, as well as showcase the many recreational opportunities in the remote North Cascades.

Seventy-five years later, City Light encourages customers and tourists alike to surround themselves in the rugged beauty of the North Cascades and enjoy an adventure close to home. The Upper Skagit River Valley is a stunningly beautiful region dotted with emerald green lakes and lush foliage. It must be seen to be fully appreciated as photographs alone cannot capture the 360 degree views of glaciers and alpine valleys.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, City Light's Skagit Tours were canceled. Now, Tours have been redesigned to address security issues while still providing access to remote Diablo Lake. The return of the tours also celebrates 75 years since the tours began.

Details for the 2003 Tour Season:

  • All tours begin at the Skagit Information Center in Newhalem, Washington. Visitors may purchase deli lunches here and are encouraged to picnic on the manicured grounds.

  • Reservations are recommended.

  • Tour length: 2.5 hours

  • Tour schedule: Twice daily at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
    Check-in is 30 minutes before departure time.

  • Tour dates:
    June - Saturday and Sunday only
    July and August - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (There are no tours on Tuesdays or Wednesdays)
    September - Saturday and Sunday only

  • Admission: Adults $17, Seniors (over 62) $15, Youth (6-12) $12, 5 and younger are free

For more information contact Janice Boman at (206) 684-3026 or janice.boman@seattle.gov. To make reservations contact the Skagit Tour Information Line (206) 684-3030 or http://www.seattle.gov/light/tours/skagit/.

 

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