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Get Onboard with Skagit Tours in North Cascades National Park

Experience the North Cascades up close!

Skagit Tours offers three options for exploring the majestic North Cascades mountains and stunning Diablo Lake. 

Each cruise allows you unique access onto glacier-fed Diablo Lake, where you’ll learn about the area's history, wildlife, and geology while taking in views of snow-clad mountain peaks, islands and waterfalls. The tour even takes you to places hidden from view when traveling the highway or trails. 

Your tour will come alive with stories about the early explorers and settlers in the area and the challenges of building the three Skagit River Hydroelectric Project dams and powerhouses in a very remote location.

Your adventure begins by boarding the Alice Ross IV – a modern watercraft designed especially for Skagit Tours by Rozema Boatworks in Bayview, Washington. The boat features heating and air conditioning, and drinking water as well as an onboard bathroom, and the cabin’s roof is mostly glass to allow for the best possible views. A 14-foot open aft deck also allows passengers to enjoy the tour from outside.

On each cruise, you will learn about the area's natural history, including biodiversity and geology, as well as the unique relationship between the North Cascades environment and the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, which provides clean, low-cost, renewable power to the citizens of Seattle. The history of the Project and the area’s indigenous inhabitants are also included in this multifaceted cruise.

Diablo Lake & Lunch Cruise

Runs from July 3 - September 2 

This three-hour tour occurs Wednesday through SundayAfterward, guests enjoy a lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Book here.

Diablo Lake Afternoon Cruise

Runs from July 5 - September 2 

This two-hour tour is offered every Friday through Sunday, with check-in beginning at 2:00 pm. Book here.

Diablo Lake Fall Cruise

Runs from Sep. 7 - 29

This two-hour boat tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays, with check-in beginning at 10:45 am. Book here.

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