As Carol mentioned in the FAQ section of the website, Ross Lake has an interesting history.
Walk around the resort and you will see underneath most of the cabins Red Cedar logs that are hundreds of years old. These "floats" were harvested by the original timber camp loggers when the dam was constructed and the lake began filling up.
The valley was steep walled and had very tricky terrain, so the only place to keep the crews was on floating camps that could be moved up and down the upper Skagit Valley as it filled with water.
Logging was necessary for the safety of the dam and for any visitors to the lake.
In the photos notice that one old tree is actually serving as a "nursery log" for another tree, something that is common in old growth forests but not so familiar in floating resorts!
Well it's just a few short weeks before the resort opens for 2009.
Tom and his crew spent several days last week moving all of the cabins into the summer locations along the shore. Carol's flowers are growing, and the Adirondack chairs are set out in front of the cabins.
The new boats are just about built, and many of the experienced boats have a fresh coat of paint.
Everyone is looking forward to your arrival up here in the North Cascades on Ross Lake.