Winter View from Mt. Baker, photo by Seattle City Light employee, Elham Naguib
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Gorge Powerhouse & Newhalem Tour
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Gorge Powerhouse and Newhalem Tour

  • Tours are offered once a day

  • Lunch is provided

  • Tour capacity: 20 people

  • Check-in begins at 10:00 a.m.
    in Newhalem at Skagit
    Information Center

  • Tours last from 10:15 a.m. to
    1:00 p.m.

  • Not wheelchair accessible

    Reservations are required.

    Have you ever wanted to get inside a powerhouse and see hydropower at work? The Gorge Powerhouse & Newhalem Tour will allow you to do just that! Step back in time on this guided walking tour of City Light's historic company town and the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project's first powerhouse. Learn about the town's colorful past as a construction camp and how it still thrives today, supporting operations for the Skagit Project and visitors to the North Cascades. You'll enjoy strolling through Newhalem's beautiful townscape while hearing about the challenges of living and working in a community only accessible by train until the 1940s. You will get a unique and up close look at how power is made and managed by visiting the inside of Gorge Powerhouse, which is normally closed to the public.

    After the tour you will sit down in the shade of the old trees in Newhalem for a picnic lunch made out of local organic ingredients. These outings are limited to only 20 people, so it is a very exclusive and highly personalized tour.

    Photo Slideshow

    View of the Gorge Powerhouse from a suspension bridge

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