North Cascades Institute Skagit Tours- Day Tours

North Cascades Institute Skagit Tours- Day Tours

North Cascades Institute Skagit Tours- Day Tours
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sldbecker
Redmond, WA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Our family made the most of a short Summer vacation by staying local and making reservations at the North Cascades Institute for one night at BASE Camp, provided our dinner, then we woke up to breakfast as well. Following breakfast we caught the Skagit Tour on Lake Diablo. No hassels or worries, we just walked to the dock from NCI. Highly recommend you make ADVANCE reservations, as both venues fill up quickly.
Written August 27, 2013
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NurseNancy12
Green Valley, AZ131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We took the afternoon boat tour and enjoyed it. Very informative talk by the North Cascades NP Ranger Amos and the Environmental Institute representative Billy. Boat ride was smooth and scenic and beautiful. Very much worth it.
Written July 29, 2018
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John H
Saint Louis, MO24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
My family (2 adults, and 12 & 14 yr old boys) stayed at North Cascades Institute for two nights as part of the Base Camp program. My boys were keen to return (we had been there in 2013 as well) - partly because the food is so great, partly because the central location in the National Park is accessible to so many high country day hikes, and partly because of the activities run by the staff. A great way to experience North Cascades National Park, especially if your kids are a little too young to backpack
Written August 16, 2015
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Bob J
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
North Cascades Institute is great. Tour was great great captain and crew. I did hear that there was no backup captain to pull the passenger boat to safety in an emergency this weekend due to poor management decisions. It was very windy. Wish i would have known that before I got on. Kudos to the crew operating under such pressure.
Written July 5, 2021
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JuniperToo
Renton, WA71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
This tour consists of lunch and then a boat cruise on Diablo Lake. The scenery was great - it was a clear day - but the tour took too long. You check in at 10:30am at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Then you have 45 minutes to wait for lunch. There are some short trails through the woods or you could walk around the campus of the learning center. Most people just sat at the cafeteria and waited. They had coffee and tea available.

Lunch at 11:15 was buffet style. They had green salad with local vegetables, potato salad, smoked salmon pasta, soup, rolls, and several dessert selections. It was good, but not outstanding. They schedule an hour for lunch so if you finish early there's really nothing to do but wait around some more.

At 12:15 everyone assembled outside for a brief talk on how the National Park Service, Seattle City Light and North Cascades Institue formed an alliance and work together. Then they walked us down to board the boat. There were several stops for additional talks by the guides - including how they built the campus with concern for the environment. It's about a quarter mile walk, but they also had a shuttle service for people who couldn't walk that far.

We boarded the boat at 12:45 and cruised slowly around the lake to the top of Diablo Dam and then upriver through a narrow canyon to the base of Ross Dam. The guides talked about the history of the Seattle City Light projects and wildlife in the wilderness areas (although we didn't see any wildlife). It was a hot day and they did have drinking water available. We got off the boat for about 15 minutes at Ross Dam. There were a couple of Porta Potties in case you needed one since there was no toilet on the boat. Then we cruised back down the lake and got back to the dock at 2:30.

Diablo Lake is quite scenic and you get to see sections that you can't see from the highway. I would have given the tour a higher rating if it was better organized. There was about 90 minutes of sitting or standing around with nothing to do.
Written July 12, 2014
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Mike B
Falmouth, MA637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
After checking in, we were offered a buffet lunch, a brief talk about the tour, and then off to the boat for a beautiful ride through Diablo Lake in the North Cascades. We had great weather and the views were beautiful. One highlight of the tour was a stop at one of the dams that provide electric power for Seattle. If you're going to be in the area, make sure to get reservations. It's well worth the day.
Written September 10, 2014
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Tabbers
Lynnwood, WA169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Hubby and I have tried to book the Skagit Powerhouse Bus Tour for several years and it's always been sold out. We FINALLY were able to get a spot and did this bus tour on Sunday, July 6th. It was fabulous! Not only did we get a behind the scenes tour of the Gorge and Diablo powerhouses, but also participated in a short hike, saw lots of beautiful waterfalls, and had a yummy lunch provided for us during the tour. Our guides - Eric from the National Park Service and Dylan from the North Cascades Institute - clearly loved their jobs and provided a wealth of information regarding the generation of hydroelectric power, and were well versed in the history and geology of the area. Do not miss this opportunity, especially if you live in the area.
Written July 7, 2014
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Hippely
Gilbert, AZ406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Book your tour well ahead of when you want to go as the morning tours that include lunch fill up quickly in the summer. We ended up on an afternoon tour as the mornings were sold out on the days we could go. The lake and setting is stunning. The boat is clean and comfortable. There is some outside seating which was nice on a warm summer day. The information presented on the tour is interesting, though some of the presentation is a little cheesy. The actual boat ride is not all that long (a little over an hour), but the beautiful scenery on a lovely day was quite enjoyable.
Written August 24, 2019
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AAZ
Seattle, WA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
We met at 10:45 outside of the dining hall, then walk a short distance to boat dock. The institute provides van shuttle for this very short walk. The boat is clean and comfortable. The guides are nice and knowledgable. The Diablo lake with deep emerald green water is gorgeous. We stopped during the tour and visited through one of the three dams. We came back before 1pm and the lunch is ready. Lunch included salad bar, turkey soup, lentil soup and Sheperd's pie, good comfort food.
Written September 4, 2016
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NancyLee D
Seattle4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
We boarded the tour boat @11, and it was a gorgeous day to be on the water in the Cascades!!! The tour guides were VERY knowledgeable and made the trip very interesting. Several of us had questions, and these were answered efficiently. There were a few questions that even the tour guides wanted to know the answer, as they had never been posed before. It was a fun ride, and we were surprised how the time had flown by when the captain said we had to put a rush on it to get to lunch on time. Going with a purpose across the glass surface of the dam was fun. However, most of us would rather have stayed out on the lake and forgone the lunch. We arrived about 1:15 to a very warm eating area in the lodge. ( This area should have been opened up to catch the morning coolness and to let the breeze through, because the outside seating was insufficient for all to eat in a comfortable setting). The quality of the salad buffet was very good--too bad the dressings were spicy. Ranch Dressing is probably the top requested dressing all over, and they were out of it. Since this was a senior group many ate their salad without, as spicy and a 2.5 hour drive home is not desirable. Dry salad is not my idea of a good meal, no mater how fresh the ingredients are. Both soups were spicy--one was quite spicy, in fact. The main course was an unidentifiable chicken dishall mixed up as a casserole-type serving. They offered hot coffee, hot tea, and tepid water on a 90+ degree day. There should have been pitchers of iced water, but we had to ASK for ice to cool the water!!! The cookies were too hard, and who wanted to dunk them in water or hot coffee; however, we did hear on the bus going home that a few more cookies were put out, and those were not teeth breakers. $40 on a fixed income for this tour plus our transportation up and back is no small amount to shell out, and in this case, it wasn't worth it, in my opinion. Many of us were expecting the traditional "chicken dinner" that this tour is known for, but unfortunately it is no longer its signature.
Written August 25, 2016
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