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So what does "Campground Fully Open" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Hozomeen Campground is currently fully open. This means all operations are back to normal. This can mean there are still restrictions on social distancing, travel and/or masks. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of this campground. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Hozomeen Campground is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Hozomeen Campground is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 24, 2021
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Hozomeen Campground Overview

The name “Hozomeen” comes from the Salish word meaning “sharp like a knife,” referring to both the sharp peaks of the mountains and also chert, a type of rock commonly worked into sharp-edged tools by early Native Americans and First Nation members.

Hozomeen lies at the north end of Ross Lake, near the U.S.-Canada border. Visitors to Hozomeen can find a range of activities, including boating, camping, hiking, fishing, and swimming. The remote location of Hozomeen, combined with the calming waters of Ross Lake and the surrounding rugged peaks of the North Cascades, will fill you with wonder and inspiration.

Things to know before you arrive:

  • There is no cell phone reception at Hozomeen.
  • There are no trash services. Trash that you bring in must be taken out with you.
  • Drive-in campgrounds are first-come, first-served.
  • Lake levels vary at different times of the year. Ross Lake is usually at full pool (1602.5 ft) from July through Labor Day.
  • During the months of August and September large populations of mosquito are present. Plan accordingly.

The Campground

Hozomeen Campground has 75 designated sites and is open from late May through October. There is no camping fee, and all sites are first-come, first-served. Facilities include boat launches, pit toilets, potable water, picnic tables and fire grates. Guests must pack-out all trash.

Campsites located in the Upper Loop are closed until further notice due to hazard trees.

All backcountry and wilderness camping outside of Hozomeen Campground requires a backcountry permit.


By Automobile

The only vehicle access to Hozomeen is via the Silver-Skagit Road, a 39-mile (62.4 km) gravel road leaving Highway 1 just three kilometers west of Hope, British Columbia (exit 168). The Silver Skagit road is graded at times, but washboards and potholes are common. Carry a spare tire as flats occur due to sharp rocks. There is no gas or services available at Hozomeen.

By Boat

Hozomeen has two graded cement ramps, which are generally accessible from mid-June through September. There is no boat launch on the south end of Ross Lake; to reach Hozomeen from the south, canoes, kayaks, and small crafts can be launched at Colonial Creek Campground, boated five miles on Diablo Lake, then portaged around Ross Dam to Ross Lake. Ross Lake Resort offers a portage service. Learn more about boating on Ross Lake.

By Foot

The 31-mile East Bank Trail along Ross Lake connects State Route 20 (at milepost 138) to Hozomeen Campground. This trail takes multiple days to hike, and permits are required for overnight stays in the backcountry.

This page includes information about Hozomeen Campground in North Cascades National Park | Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades. | Washington | https://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm