By Don Skillman
Paddle the premiere inland waters of the Western States, the place the surroundings levels from the fjord-like Ross Lake, nestled within the shadow of Washington State's Cascade diversity, to the eroded, red-rocks of Utah's Lake Powell. specialist kayaker Don Skillman describes more than a few different journeys to meet all kinds of kayaker.
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Hozomeen consists of a ranger station and residences, and a lakeside campground with pit toilets, fire rings, tables, and water. There are minimal launching ramps and docking facilities. Hozomeen is located in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and is administered by the National Park Service. Boat-camping permits can be obtained from rangers here. The other practical access to Ross Lake is from Highway 20 (the North Cascades Highway), which leads east from Burlington, WA. Take Hwy. 20 to Diablo Dam, just a few miles west of Ross Dam on the Skagit River.
This area of the Northwest is where wolves live and howl, and the occasional grizzly bear spreads awe from the top of the food web. North Cascades National Park and Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas were established in 1968. Stephen Mather, first director of the National Park Service, was honored in 1988 when 93% of the total of park and recreation areas here was declared the Stephen Mather Wilderness, adding yet another layer of administrative protection. All three areas comprise a contiguous block of nearly three quarters of a million acres.
Refrigerator Harbor—(24; 8) There are several docks at this site, and some facilities here have been leased to a yacht club. This was the original mining company landing. Lucerne is located on the opposite side of Railroad Creek. Refrigerator Harbor is accessible year-round, with four tent sites—each with a table and fire ring—and two toilets. Down-lake wind protection is good at this west-shore camp. 5) This is the facility that once served the mines at Holden. A major dock allows for freight transfer and the daily ferry stops here.