Ross Lake National Recreation Area is the most accessible part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, and offers camping and hiking.
The National Recreation Area includes three reservoirs: Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, and Gorge Lake -- water gateways to more remote areas. Ringed by mountains, it offers many outdoor recreation opportunities along the upper reaches of the Skagit River.
The purpose of the Ross Lake National Recreation Area General Management Plan (GMP) is to articulate a vision and management strategy for Ross Lake NRA over the next 15 to 20 years.
In creating this plan, North Cascades National Park Service Complex articulates a future vision for Ross Lake National Recreation Area - one that has been defined largely by you: the owners and users of this public land. Over the course of the GMP planning effort, you shared with us a clear vision for Ross Lake NRA: one that recognizes the North Cascades as a national treasure; one that preserves and protects the natural and cultural histories of this land as they are; and one that connects visitors with this place, its mountains and waters, its history, diversity, and wildness.
We believe this plan heeds your suggestions, concerns, and call to maintain and enhance what we have. This final GMP sets forth actions to manage Ross Lake NRA as a gateway to millions of acres of wilderness by providing enhanced visitor opportunities along the North Cascades Highway, preserving a remote backcountry experience on Ross Lake, and ensuring the long-term stewardship of the surrounding North Cascades ecosystem and wilderness.
For updates and more information about this recreation area and the management plan, please visit the NPS.