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Hotels and Camping

While there are no overnight accommodations (motels, lodges) inside the formally-designated units of the national park, there are places to stay in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, which cuts a swath along Highway 20 through the middle of the park area. There are additional places to stay near the south end of the park, in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. For places to stay in ths surrounding communities, go to our Hotel Guide and select the town.

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Diablo Lake Resort
Rockport WA 98283, (360) 386-4429 (seasonal)
In the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, this rustic resort operation has self-sufficient units with kitchens, on City Light's Diablo Lake, just off Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. There is an on-site restaurant.

Ross Lake Resort
Rockport WA 98283, (360) 386-4437 (seasonal)
You have to walk or take a boat to this unusual resort, located close to Ross Dam. The resort features cabins which float on the lake. The units are equipped with kitchens. It is open from June to late October.

North Cascades Lodge
P.O. Box 1779, Chelan WA 98116, (509) 682-4711
This long-time institution in the Stehekin Valley is within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, with short and long trails just outside the door. Access is by boat, ferry, seaplane, or by foot. This is a small, cozy, rustic lodge in a scenic setting. It is open year-round, with cross-country ski trails, and showshoeing in winter.

Silver Bay Inn
P.O. Box 43, Stehekin WA 98852, (509) 682-2212
This is a very small tourist operation, with cabins, and maybe a room. The cabins have kitchenettes. Breakfast is available at an extra charge. The inn offers an overnight and breakfast package.

Stehekin Valley Ranch
P.O. Box 36, Stehekin WA 98851, (509) 682-4677 (seasonal)
This is a truly rustic place to stay. It has tent-cabins and shared showers, and meals, for a package price. This is another seasonal operation, open May through September.

North Cascades Camping

There are four campgrounds, plus a group campground, in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, accessible by driving along Highway 20.

Goodell Creek Campground is open year-round, and is the most westerly camping area in the Highway 20 corridor. There are tent and RV sites, but no hookups or showers.

Newhalem Campground is located at the company town, and open from mid-June through Labor Day. There is no limit on your stay at this or any of the other four campgrounds in the recreation area. A ranger station is nearby.

Colonial Creek Campground is farther west, next to the information center and ranger station. It is open from mid-spring to mid-fall, avoiding the snow.

Hozomeen Campground has remote campsites at the northeastern corner of the park area, on a trail which follows the eastern shore of Ross Lake. There is a road to the campground, accessed by driving through British Columbia, from the town of Hope, on an unpaved road. This is the only public boat launch location on Ross Lake.

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area has two public campgrounds:

Harlequin Campground, in the Stehekin Valley, is open after the snow leaves, in mid-spring, and closes in mid-fall. There are no fees and the campground works on a first come, first served policy. Reservations are required to use the Harlequin Group Campground. Contact park headquarters, at (360) 856-5700

Purple Point Campground is also in the Stehekin Valley, with the luxury of nearby showers. There are only tent sites at this location. Aghain, there are no fees and, sites are taken on a first come, first registered basis.

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