Skagit Tours

Skagit Tours: Encounter the beauty, adventure and fun of the North Cascades!

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ST-SubheadNorth Cascades Institute, in partnership with Seattle City Light and North Cascades National Park, offers visitors fun, interactive tours of the Upper Skagit Valley and North Cascades National Park. Experience the jaw-dropping beauty of Diablo Lake and the North Cascades,  learn about the fascinating history of the Upper Skagit Hydroelectric Project and enjoy a delicious home-cooked on to discover the many different options that await you!


Diablo Lake & Lunch BOAT TOURS

Boat ToursPopular boat tours aboard the Alice Ross IV exploring the stunning beauty of Diablo Lake while learning about the interesting natural and cultural history of the North Cascades. Your experience includes a delicious, locally-sourced lunch at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

Tours are offered Thursdays - Mondays from June 29 - September 11, and weekends September 16 - 17 and 23 - 24.

Diablo Lake Afternoon Cruise

ST-Evening-CruiseVisiting North Cascades National Park but pressed for time? This tour is the same as the popular Diablo Lake Tours but a shorter experience without lunch. 

Cruises are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 30 - September 3. 

powerhouse insiders Tour / Coming soon

ST-GorgeStep back in time on this guided walking tour of Newhalem and Seattle City Light's Gorge Powerhouse. Learn about the town's colorful past and how it still thrives today, supporting operations for the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project and visitors to the North Cascades.  A unique part of the tour is a look inside of the Gorge Powerhouse -- which is normally closed to the public -- to see how hydropower is made and managed. After the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch made from local and organic ingredients. 

Tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays from July 1 - September 3.

Dam Good Chicken Dinner & Ladder Creek Falls by Night / coming soon

ST-Newhalem-NightThe quiet town of Newhalem has a lively past and once hosted hundreds of visitors who marveled at the “wonders of electricity" produced by the Skagit Hydroelectric Project. The unique opportunity to experience Newhalem at night once again is back with a free guided walk to Ladder Creek Gardens and "Dam Good" chicken dinner or vegetarian lasagna at the Gorge Inn. 

Tours and dinners are offered Thursdays and Fridays from June 29 - September 1.

Newhalem Walking Tours

ST-Newhalem-WalkingTake a free guided walking tour of Newhalem and the nearby trails with National Park Service rangers and guides from Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute. These 45-minute tours could include Newhalem's historic Main Street, Ladder Creek Gardens, Trail of the Cedars, and/or the Gorge Powerhouse Visitor Gallery. Lunch is also available at the historic Gorge Inn around noon on the weekdays.

2017 Walking Tours are daily at 11 am and 2 pm, no registration required.

In the News

“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."