Skagit Tours

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!



Diablo Lake Boat Tour

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.

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



Afternoon Boat 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. 

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



Gorge 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 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.



Newhalem At Night Light Show

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 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.




Take 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.

Cancellation policy: If a registration is cancelled 7 or more days prior to the tour date, we will refund the full amount in the same manner it was paid. No refund for cancellations less than 7 days out from a tour.

Join us in the North Cascades! 
For personalized assistance on which program is right for you, contact our friendly registrars M-F at (360) 854-2599
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