Skagit Power Tours

Skagit Power Tours
Program Series Skagit Tours
Instructors Institute staff
General Tuition (age 13+) $45.00
Senior Tuition (age 62+) $45.00

July 3 - September 13
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Experience the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project and North Cascades National Park up close by getting off the beaten path and going "behind-the-scenes."

The tour begins in the historic town of Newhalem, where you will learn about the early days of the Skagit Project, visit the Gorge Powerhouse to see firsthand how hydropower generation works and tour the unique Ladder Creek Falls Gardens.

Then it's onward to the company town of Diablo for a catered lunch provided by Newhalem’s General Store.  After lunch, we’ll visit the art deco lobby and viewing gallery of Diablo Powerhouse, an experience normally closed to the public. We’ll also check out the unusual incline lift, which once carried entire train cars up the side of Sourdough Mountain!

Throughout the tour, we'll explore the natural history and geology of the North Cascades, including stops at some of North Cascades National Park's breathtaking scenic vistas and a walk up Happy Creek.

The finale of the Skagit Power Tour is a stroll across Diablo Dam, peering over the edge to the Skagit River 389 feet below, and a visit to the award-winning, Silver LEED-certified North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake, the wilderness campus of North Cascades Institute.

Each tour will be led by National Park Rangers and/or naturalist guides from Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute. Limited to 13 guests, these tours are highly personalized and very exclusive!

Not suitable for children 12 & under. For more information, call (360) 854-2589 or email

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute