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How to get to the Watershed


The Upper Skagit Watershed above Ross Dam can be accessed on the U.S side at Milepost __ on Washington State Route 20 and on the Canadian side via the unpaved Silver Skagit Road beginning in Hope BC.

Driving Directions

From Canada:

Directions Map - Canada-side



The Silver Skagit Road, which joins Highway # 1 three kilometers west of Hope, provides access to the Canadian part of the Watershed. It is 37 kilometers from Exit 168 on Highway 1 to the entrance portal and a further 23 kilometers to Ross Lake and the Canada-USA border

The Silver Skagit Road is a well-maintained loose surface road that provides access to several active logging areas before the recreation area entrance. Motorist are advised to drive with extreme caution and to use headlights at all times. Watch for wildlife and be aware of logging trucks. Extra caution should be taken after rain, when road surfaces can be muddy and slippery.

Note:  There are no commercial facilities in the Skagit Valley that provide food, gas or any other goods and services. Visitors should be equipped with supplies and fuel before leaving Hope or Silver Creek.


From the USA:

Directions Map - USA (unbordered)



The only vehicle access to Ross Lake is at Hozameen via Hope, British Columbia.

Three trails along the North Cascades Highway provide easy to moderate day hikes to Ross Lake. They are: Ross Dam Trail, Diablo Lake Trail and East Bank Trail.

Small craft can be launched at Colonial Creek Campground off State Highway 20 and boated five miles ot the end of Diablo Lake. Boats and gear must then be portaged around Ross Dam over a mile long gravel road with a 600 foot elevation gain. For a fee, Ross Lake Resort will haul canoes or motorboats under 14 feet over the portage. This can be arranged by contacting Ross Lake Resort.

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