SEDRO WOOLLEY — The North Cascades National Park complex attracted 809,000 visitors in 2012 and they spent $33 million in nearby communities and supported 370 jobs, a federal report released Monday says.
The park complex includes the North Cascades National Park and both the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
Nationwide, the spending report showed $14.7 billion spent by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.
According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast inns (27 percent) and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).
To see the report, visit nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.