Skagit Tours

Encounter the beauty, adventure and fun of the North Cascades!

North 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!

Based on guidelines from Washington State and regional health authorities, the ability of North Cascades Institute to offer Skagit Tours will be limited in 2020. We are working with our partners to potentially offer some boat and walking tours in August and/or September. Sign up for our eNewsletter to be notified if/when Skagit Tours are offered: You can find ongoing updates on Institute programs and operations at

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    Diablo Lake and Lunch Boat Tours

    Popular 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.

    The 2020 schedule is changing; please see note above.

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    Diablo Lake Afternoon Cruise

    Visiting North Cascades National Park but pressed for time? This tour is the same as the popular Diablo Lake & Lunch Tours but a shorter experience without lunch.

    The 2020 schedule is changing; please see note above.

  • Gorge Powerhouse Insider's Tour

    Powerhouse Insider's Tour

    Step back in time on this guided walking tour of Newhalem and Seattle City Light's Gorge Powerhouse. Learn about the town's fascinating past and how it still thrives today.  A unique part of the tour is a look inside of the Gorge Powerhouse — normally closed to the public — to see how hydropower is made. After the tour, enjoy a picnic lunch made from local and organic ingredients.

    The 2020 Powerhouse Tours are cancelled. We hope to see you in 2021.

  • Skagit Tours Dam Good Chicken Dinner and Ladder Creek Falls by Night

    Dam Good Chicken Dinner and Ladder Creek Falls by Night

    The 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 is back with the famous "Dam Good" chicken dinner or vegetarian lasagna at the historical Gorge Inn and a guided walk to Ladder Creek Falls and Gardens

    The 2020 Chicken Dinners and Ladder Creek walks are cancelled. We hope to see you in 2021.