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North Cascades National Park Fees & Reservations

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North Cascades National Park, Washington

North Cascades National Park, Washington (Photo credit: Harry Teng)

North Cascades National Park does not charge an entry fee, it’s absolutely FREE to enter the park.

There are fees which apply to some of the activities which visitors enjoy within the park.

Camping at North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park offers a fascinating camping experience, whether you prefer the relative comfort of a car camping site or whether you’re one of the true “away from it all” type and prefer to camp in the back country with nothing more than your back pack and your hiking buddies.

Car Camping at North Cascades National Park

Goodell Creek Campground – at mile post 119 on SR 20, around 13 miles to the east of Marblemount and 74 miles to the west of Winthrop.

  • 21 campsites available for tents and small RV’s
  • $10 per night
  • Reservations not accepted, first come, first served
  • Check out time 12 noon
  • Drinking water
  • Garbage service
  • Covered picnic shelter
  • Vault toilets
  • There are no showers or hook-ups
  • The gathering of firewood is prohibited, but firewood may be purchased outside North Cascades National Park

Newhalem Creek Campground – at mile post 120 on SR 20, around 14 miles to the east of Marblemount and 73 miles to the west of Winthrop, just west of Newhalem.

  • 111 campsites with enough space for large RV’s
  • $12 per night
  • Reservations not accepted, first come, first served
  • Reservations accepted on Loop c, $21 per night
  • Check out time 12 noon
  • Potable water
  • dump station
  • garbage service
  • recycling service
  • flush toilets
  • There are no showers or hook-ups
  • Fully accessible site available
  • The gathering of firewood is prohibited, but firewood may be purchased outside North Cascades National Park

Gorge Lake Campground – is close to the town of Diablo, SR 20 mile post 126, 20 miles to the east of Marblemount and 67 miles to the west of Winthrop.

  • 6 sites
  • FREE
  • Reservations not accepted, first come, first served
  • Check out time 12 noon
  • Primitive campground – no water or services
  • Bring your own water
  • Remember to take all of your trash with you
  • Vault toilets
  • Gathering of firewood is strictly prohibited, you may purchase firewood from outside North Cascades National Park.

Colonial Creek Campground – at mile post 130 off the SR 20. 25 miles to the east of Marblemount, 63 miles to the west of Winthrop.

  • 142 campsites
  • $12 per night
  • No reservations, first come, first served
  • Check out by 12 noon
  • Dump station
  • Flush toilets
  • Potable water
  • Garbage service
  • Recycling service
  • No showers
  • No hook-ups
  • Gathering of firewood is strictly prohibited, you may purchase firewood from outside North Cascades National Park.


 Hozomeen Campground – this North Cascades National Park campground is located on the Silver/Skagit Road about 40 miles to the south of Hope, BC. This road is pretty rough so you’re advised to bring a spare tire with you.  This is a primitive campground close to the US-Canadian border at Ross Lake.

  • 75 designated campsites with extra camping areas available
  • FREE
  • No reservations, first come, first served
  • Check out by 12 noon
  • Potable water
  • Vault toilets
  • No services or gas available
  • No garbage service, pack out all garbage with you
  • Gathering of firewood is strictly prohibited

Group Camping in North Cascades National Park

There are a couple of group campgrounds available at the park;

Upper and Lower Goodell Group Camps 

  • 3 sites
  • Maximum 40 – 5o people per site
  • Reservations accepted
  • $34 per night for reservations
  • $25 per night first come, first served
  • Vault toilets
  • No potable water
  • No hook-ups
  • Garbage service
  • Gathering of firewood is strictly prohibited
Newhalem Creek Group Campsites
  • 2 sites
  • Maximum 25 people per site
  • Reservations accepted
  • $41 per night for reservations
  • $32 per night first come, first served
  • Potable water
  • Dump station
  • Garbage service
  • Recycling service
  • Flush toilets
  • There are no hook-ups or showers
  • Each site has an individual covered pavilion with barbecue grill and picnic tables.
  • Gathering of firewood is strictly prohibited
Back Country Camping in North Cascades National Park
There are lots of back country camping opportunities in North Cascades National Park, creek-side camps, wilderness camps, rocky camps high up on the mountains with spectacular views. There are also lakeside camps which can only be reached by boat . . . back country camping is only permitted on designated camping sites, but as you’ve probably guessed, there are plenty to choose from.
You don’t have to pay for back country camping in North Cascades National Park, but you do need to get a back country permit – which is also FREE.

 

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