Diablo Lake Boat Tours

Diablo Lake Boat Tours
Program Series Skagit Tours
Instructors Institute staff
General Tuition (age 13+) $38.00
Senior Tuition (age 62+) $35.00
Youth Tuition (age 3-12) $18.00
Infant Tuition (age 0-2) free

July 3 - September 15
Thursday - Mondays

A fascinating element of Skagit Valley history, Seattle City Light has been offering Diablo Lake Boat Tours for more than 80 years!

Now better than ever, these popular tours begin with a delicious, organic and locally-sourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on the shores of Diablo Lake.

After lunch, your Skagit Tour guides will lead you on a short walk to the boat dock as they explain the region’s fascinating natural history, biodiversity and geology. You'll also learn about the unique relationship between the environment and the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project’s three dams, which provide clean, low cost, renewable power to the citizens of Seattle.

We’ll board the Cascadian and embark on a cruise of turquoise-colored, glacier-fed Diablo Lake. We’ll cruise nooks and crannies of the lake that are typically hidden from view when traveling on highway and trails and wind up dramatic Diablo Lake Gorge towards towering Ross Dam.

Your tour will come alive with historic stories about the early explorers and settlers in the area and the formation of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. You'll learn about the wildlife habitat that surrounds the deep-blue waters of Diablo Lake, and you'll enjoy views of glacier-clad peaks, islands, and waterfalls.

Diablo Lake Boat Tours are an affordable and fun way to spend the day in the North Cascades, exploring the environment and learning about the rich natural and cultural history of this region — a perfect way to show off our spectacular local mountains for out-of-town guests and family!

Leaving from the Learning Center Thursdays through Mondays July 3 - September 15; check-in is at 10:30 am at the Learning Center. Be sure to read your registration letter or talk with our friendly registration staff for details.


For more information, call (360) 854-2589 or email skagittours.reservations@ncascades.org.

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