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North Cascades Park Complex Closes, Joining Hwy 20 Closure

Effective April 3, National Parks along North Cascades Highway will close to all park visitors until further notice. State Route 20 will remain open to just west of the town of Newhalem (milepost 120). The closure point on the east side will remain at milepost 177 (Early Winters Campground).

Divers from Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Dive Team on Wednesday located the body of a man who apparently drowned in Whistle Lake.

On Tuesday, Anacortes Police received a third-hand report of a missing swimmer at Whistle Lake. The man reportedly became separated from his friend at about 4 PM Tuesday. At 10:30 PM Officers received a phone call from an Oak Harbor woman who told them that a female friend had come to her apartment and said that a 28-year-old Freeland man had failed to come out of the water when the two were at Whistle Lake earlier in the day.

The young women had not notified the authorities. In the dark, officers checked the lake and the surrounding area and did not locate the man.

Wednesday officers asked the woman to come in for questioning and requested assistance from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Dive Team. The woman showed divers where she had last seen the man and divers located his body in about 20 feet of water a short distance from where the woman had last seen him.

The incident is still under investigation; however it appears that the man most likely drowned while trying to swim across the lake.

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COVID-19 Cases in Skagit Co. Residents

153 Positive Cases (+10)
15 Hospitalized (+1)
4 Deaths
608 Tested as of 3/31

Skagit County Public Health only tracks COVID-19 cases of Skagit County residents, to avoid duplication in reporting.

Updated April 2, 2020

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