Marblemount - Visit Skagit Valley - North Cascades National Park to Farmlands to Salish Sea


rotating1The towns of Marblemount and Rockport are situated on the last large river plain in the Upper Skagit River Valley. The present highway follows the route of Indians, pack trains, and pioneer wagons as it passes through the valley up the river and eventually over the North Cascades mountain range. Here you will discover some of the most fascinating scenery and history in Washington State.

Here you can marvel at the rugged beauty of craggy peaks, crashing waterfalls, incredible blue-green lakes, and clear rushing streams. The area offers friendly services and opportunities to rest and enjoy recreational activities in a lovely, natural setting. The Skagit River has a Wild and Scenic designation and is a popular river for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. Hikers and climbers visit the area for some of the best back-country alpine experiences afforded in the lower 48 states. A special winter activity is bald eagle watching, at its height in January. For the shutterbug, the photographic opportunities are endless – Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn.

If you find your relaxation in fishing, this is the place to give it a try. The Skagit, Cascade, and Sauk Rivers have populations of steelhead, salmon, and trout. There are boat launches in Marblemount, Rockport, and the Sauk Valley as well as on the lakes of Ross, Diablo, and Gorge behind the dams.

For visitors driving the Cascade Loop in Washington, or the International Loop through British Columbia and Washington State, the communities of Rockport and Marblemount provide the last commercial services for those leaving the Puget Sound area and heading east over the mountains, and the first services for those traveling west from the “dry side” of Washington.

Here there are no malls or chain stores, but we do have groceries, gas, and local artisans with a selection of products. You will also find cozy accommodations and a variety of restaurants to savor a meal. And in the surrounding area, enough reasons to stay awhile and spend a day or two enjoying what nature has to offer.