Local Transportation
Truck Portage

We offer Truck Portage between Diablo Lake and Ross Lake for canoes and kayaks. Launch vessels on Diablo Lake at the Colonial Creek Campground. Travel 5 miles to the end of Diablo Lake. Recommended times to portage are between 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m seven days a week.

Call 206-386-4437 or National Park Wilderness Information at 360-854-7245. A phone is located near the portage dock to call the resort for a portage.

Portage Fares (one way):
Item(s) Cost
1 canoe/kayak $30.00 (any size)
2 or more vessels $20.00 each vessel

Water Taxis

Water Taxis are for hikers to/from trailheads on Ross Lake. The fares below are for the boat trip (not a per person cost). We can pick-up or drop-off a maximum of 6 passengers per trip anywhere on the lake. Please call us at (206) 386-4437 for a quote or to make water taxi reservations. When meeting a water taxi bound for a trailhead, hike down from Highway 20. Advance reservations and prepayment are required for the water taxis from trailheads on the lake to the gravel road (have a car waiting for you at milepost 134 on Highway 20).

Backcountry camping permits are required and can be obtained free at the Marblemount Ranger Station (360-854-7245) on your way here. We are available to provide water taxis seven days a week 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, reservations required.

Water Taxi Fares (one way):
Trailhead Cost
Green Point $30.00
Hidden Hand/Cougar Island $45.00
Big Beaver $65.00
Devils Junction $105.00
Lightning Creek $125.00
Desolation $130.00
Little Beaver $145.00
Silver Creek/Hozomeen $190.00
  (Extra stops for multiple groups is $10.)

For information about the National Park Service
visit their web site at: http://www.nps.gov/noca/


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