Skagit Tours

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

Based on guidelines from Washington State and regional health authorities, Skagit Tours are cancelled for Summer 2020. Instead, we are working with Seattle City Light to produce Virtual Skagit Tours, a series of videos exploring the natural and cultural history of the Upper Skagit Valley and North Cascades (see link below).You can find ongoing updates on Institute programs and operations at

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      Virtual Skagit Tours

      Since you can't come to us in the North Cascades for Skagit Tours this summer, we're coming to you! We hope you will enjoy and learn from this new series of Skagit Tours created by North Cascades Institute.

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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.

      Information for Summer 2021 coming soon!

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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.

      Information for Summer 2021 coming soon!

    • 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 2021 Powerhouse Tours are cancelled.

    • 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 2021 Chicken Dinners and Ladder Creek walks are cancelled.