Get behind the scenes! Hydropower is beautifully simple and the history of our company town is amazing. This tour ends with a delicious picnic lunch. When you're ready to book a tour, you'll be directed to the website of our partner, North Cascades Institute. It includes what's needed to get you registered.
Reservations are required.
Powerhouse Insiders Tour
Seniors (62 years): $18
Youth (10-12 years): $15
Participants must be at least 10 years old.
Have you ever wanted to get inside a powerhouse and see hydropower at work? The Powerhouse Insiders Tour will allow you to do just that! This guided tour starts with a walk through the historic town of Newhalem, the original construction camp for the Skagit Project that still thrives today. Enjoy strolling through the town's beautiful landscape while hearing about the challenges of living and working in a community that was accessible only by train until the 1940s.
Your walk will end with a tour of Gorge Powerhouse, the oldest of the power plants of the Skagit River. Normally closed to the public, you will have the opportunity to tour the generator floor and learn how hydroelectric power is made and managed. After touring the powerhouse, you will sit down in the shade of the old trees in Newhalem for a picnic lunch of chicken (or vegetarian option) and potato salad.
Make a day of it in the beautiful North Cascades! Combine this tour with the Diablo Lake Afternoon Cruise.