Year Established: 1968
Annual Visitors: 18,000
Size: 505,000 Acres

Firearms Information in North Cascades National Park

The North Cascades National Park Complex includes North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. As of February 22, 2010, a federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to possess firearms in North Cascades National Park Complex.

Before visiting this park, visitors are responsible for understanding and abiding by all applicable state, local, and federal firearms regulations. Check out the RCW website as a starting point.

Keep in mind, federal law also prohibits weapons in certain park facilities, which are identified with signs at all public entrances and normally include all NPS offices open to the public.

To learn more about Washington’s Gun Laws, click here. 

Hunting in North Cascades National Park

It is prohibited to hunt and carry firearms in North Cascades National Park. However, hunting is legal in the Lake Chelan and Ross Lake National Wildlife Refuges. Additionally, hunting is allowed on the majority of grounds bordering the Complex. There are currently seasons for mountain goats inside the Complex’s permitted hunting areas.

In the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas, hunting is governed by Washington State regulations and you must hunt at distances greater than a quarter mile from built areas and a few other selected areas. You can get up to date information at the Superintendent’s Compendium.

To learn more about Washington’s Hunting Laws, click here. 

Additional Information About North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is located in the northern portion of Washington State. It is a vast wilderness region with many trees, lakes, and glaciers. There are lookouts and trails along the North Cascades Highway, including the steep Thunder Creek Trail. From here you can see the dots of boats in Ross Lake.

Stehekin is a small village located at the northern extremity of deep Lake Chelan. The park is home to over 200 species of birds, grizzly bears, and gray wolves.

Best Time to Visit North Cascades National Park

The best time to visit North Cascades National Park is between the months of June to October.

Visitor Fees

There is no fee to enter North Cascades National Park.

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

North Cascades Visitor Center


Across the Skagit River from the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) near milepost 120 and the town of Newhalem. Adjacent to Newhalem Creek Campground.

Phone Number

206-386-4495 ext.11

Hours of Operation

Daily 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.

Golden West Visitor Center


Golden West Visitor Center,
Stehekin, WA 98852

Phone Number

509-699-2080 ext. 14

Hours of Operation (On and off closures during winter)

Daily 12:00 PM–4:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.