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How do I get there? Directions to Skagit Tours DIABLO LAKE BOAT TOUR:
PROGRAM BEGINS AT NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE'S ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER
ON DIABLO DAM ROAD  

From Interstate 5 take exit 232, the Cook Road Sedro-Woolley exit. Head east through the first stoplight close to the exit off ramp. Continue east on Cook Road for 4.5 miles until you reach a second stoplight and turn left onto the North Cascades Highway 20.

Continue east on the North Cascades Highway for approximately 40 miles. You will travel through the towns of Sedro-Woolley, Marblemount and Newhalem. Allow a minimum of 90 minutes to travel from Interstate 5 to Diablo Dam Road. You can also access the North Cascades Highway from east to west via Winthrop, Washington. Diablo Dam is approximately 70 miles west of Winthrop. Allow one hour and 30 minutes to travel west from Winthrop to Diablo Dam.

The North Cascades Institute's Environmental Learning Center is located at milepost 127.5 on the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20). ALL: Once on Diablo Dam Rd, please drive carefully, as this road is very narrow and winding down to and across the dam. The speed limit on the dam is 10 mph. Immediately past the dam, take a right and proceed approximately 0.6 miles to the end of the road.

The Learning Center parking lot will be clearly marked on your right. From here, it is an 800' walk to the Dining Hall along a gravel path. Should you need assistance to get from your car to the dining hall, please notify the Skagit Tour Information Center at least 2 weeks prior to your trip, so that we are prepared to assist you. Driving time from I-5 is approximately 1-3/4 hours on a two lane highway with a distance of 68 miles. **You can check current road and weather conditions online at http://forecast.weather.gov/zipcity.php. Search for Diablo, WA.

NORTH CASCADES EXPEDITIONS:
PROGRAM BEGINS AT SKAGIT INFORMATION CENTER IN NEWHALEM

From Interstate 5 take exit 232, the Cook Road Sedro-Woolley exit. Head east through the first stoplight close to the exit off ramp. Continue east on Cook Road for 4.5 miles until you reach a second stoplight and turn left onto the North Cascades Highway 20.

Continue east on the North Cascades Highway for approximately 40 miles. You will travel through the towns of Sedro-Woolley and Marblemount. Newhalem is 15 miles east of Marblemount. Look for the black and blue sign "Welcome to the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project" and for Train Engine "Old Number 6" parked adjacent to the Highway as you approach Newhalem's Main Street. Parking is available on the north side of the highway in the lot provided. Driving time from I-5 is approximately 1-3/4 hours on a two lane highway with a distance of 68 miles. **You can check current road and weather conditions online at http://forecast.weather.gov/zipcity.php. Search for Newhalem, WA.

Allow a minimum of 90 minutes to travel from Interstate 5 to Newhalem. You can also access the North Cascades Highway from east to west via Winthrop, Washington. Newhalem is approximately 70 miles west of Winthrop. Allow one hour and 30 minutes to travel west from Winthrop to Newhalem.

Can I buy food?
Stop by the Skagit General Store for snacks, picnic items or to stock up for camping. Picnic facilities and restrooms are conveniently located in Newhalem.

Where can I spend the night?
There are many lodging opportunities en route to the Skagit Project or nearby. They range from rustic to luxurious and can be found on both the western and eastern approaches to the North Cascades on or near Highway 20.

Ross Lake Resort is located on the Ross Lake reservoir. This floating fishing resort is open mid-June through the end of October and the number is (206) 386-4437. www.rosslakeresort.com

The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center is located on the wooded shore of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. The Learning Center offers overnight lodging, a lakeside dining hall serving local and organic meals and educational activities. It is open year-round and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities. For more info, please contact (360) 854-2599 or visit www.ncascades.org

For lodging accommodations on the western approach to Newhalem you may contact:

For lodging accommodations on the eastern approach to Newhalem you may contact:
  • The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-4METHOW, that's 1-888-4-M-E-T-H-O-W or 509-996-2148 or http://www.winthropwashington.com/

  • Methow Valley Central Reservations at 1-800-422-3048 or 509-996-2148

  • The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-4-CHELAN or 509-682-3503

  • The Wenatchee Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-57-APPLE or you can phone the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Chamber at 509-662-2116.

Tent camp sites and recreational vehicle hookups are available on a reservation and non-reservation basis. Contact the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center (206)386-4495 or at www.nps.gov/noca for more information. Visit Washington State Parksfor more camping options.

TDD Users - for hearing and speech impaired, call toll-free in Washington 1-800-962-9498.


Due to heightened security, Seattle City Light has restricted access to certain areas of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.

There is no public access to Ross and Diablo Powerhouses and the Incline Railway. Other seasonal attractions including the Gorge Powerhouse Visitors' Gallery and Ladder Creek Falls are open May through September. The Trail of the Cedars and the Gorge Dam Overlook Trail remain open year-round for public use.




For additional information about Skagit Tours, please email the Skagit Tours Information Center or call (360) 854-2589.

For more information about Boundary Tours, please email SCL_BoundaryTours@seattle.gov or call (509) 446-3083.

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