Powerhouse Insiders Tour

Powerhouse Insiders Tour
Instructors Institute staff
General Tuition (age 13+) $20.00
Senior Tuition (age 62+) $18.00
Youth Tuition (age 3-12) $15.00
Infant Tuition (age 0-2) free

Saturdays and Sundays
July 1 - September 3
10 am - 1 pm

2017 Registrations Coming Soon!

Have you ever wanted to get inside a real 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. The highlight will be a unique, up-close look at how power is made and managed by touring the inside of Gorge Powerhouse, which is normally closed to the public.  

We’ll conclude our time together in the shade of the old trees in Newhalem with a picnic lunch from the Gorge Inn.

Participants must be at least 10 years old. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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

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The boat ride is pretty awesome,” wrote Terry Richardson, Travel Writer for The Oregonian. “It's as close as you'll get to seeing an Alaskan landscape in the lower 48 states.”


Towering peaks, unbelievable turquoise waters and a fascinating cultural and natural history are more than enough incentive to visit," wrote Jessi Loerch for the Everett Herald. "Skagit Tours will give you a good introduction to the region."


"We visited three powerhouses, and got to go inside one and back in time in two. We ate an amazing, locally sourced lunch at the North Cascades Institute and got a short-but-sweet tour of the nonprofit’s Learning Center on the shores of Diablo Lake... We climbed aboard a boat to get on the waters of Diablo Lake and take a closer look at Ross Dam," explains Amy Kepferle of the Cascadia Weekly. "I know there’s much more to what lies off Highway 20 than what you can see from your car."

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