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Have you ever wanted to get inside a powerhouse and see hydropower at work? The Skagit Power Tour will allow you to do just that!

Experience the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project and North Cascades up close by getting off the beaten path and going "behind-the-scenes." The tour begins in the historic company town of Newhalem, where you will learn about the early days of the Skagit Project, walk through beautiful Ladder Creek Falls Gardens, and visit the inside of the Gorge Powerhouse to learn firsthand how power generation works. The next stop is at the company town of Diablo, where you will visit the historic art deco lobby and viewing gallery of Diablo Powerhouse - normally closed to the public. You will also see the famous incline lift, which once carried entire train cars up the side of Sourdough Mountain. After a picnic lunch in Diablo, take a walk across Diablo Dam and visit the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. The trip will finish out with a focus on the natural history, biodiversity, and geology of the North Cascades, including stops at some of the Park's breathtaking scenic vistas.

The Skagit Power Tour includes two powerhouse visits on a guided shuttle tour and many other scenic gems along the North Cascades Highway. You will also enjoy a delicious picnic lunch, several short walks and the ability to learn all about the fascinating natural and cultural history of the area. Each tour will be led by National Park Rangers and/or naturalist guides from Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute. These outings are only limited to 13, so it is very exclusive and highly personalized.

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Dates and Fees

Tours for the 2015 season have ended. Please join us next year!

July 3 - Sept. 13 Fri. - Sat. - Sun.
Adults & Seniors: $45
Not suitable for children under 12

Reservations are required.
  • Tours are offered once a day via tour bus
  • Lunch is provided
  • Tour capacity is 13 people
  • Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. in Newhalem at the Skagit Information Center
  • Tours last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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