Rocky Reach Dam Park, Wenatchee

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Rocky Reach Dam is a hydroelectric dam in the U.S. state of Washington owned and operated by Chelan County Public Utility District. It has 11 generators rated in total 1300 MW. The project is on the Columbia River in north central Washington state about seven miles (11 km) upstream from the city of Wenatchee. The dam is 473mi above the mouth of the Columbia. The reservoir impounded by the dam is Lake Entiat. The project provides energy for more than 7 million people throughout the Pacific Northwest.Rocky Reach is nationally recognized for efforts to protect the environment. A first-of-its-kind juvenile fish bypass system was completed in 2003 to help young salmon and steelhead on their way to the ocean. A major powerhouse upgrade started in 1995 includes new turbines that are more fish friendly. Improvements to turbines and generators are also designed to improve efficiency and reliability.TourismThe project is located on the Columbia River on Highway 97A, seven miles north of Wenatchee. The visitor center shows films describing the Columbia River. The "Look a Salmon in the Eye" exhibit from (May–September) is a fish viewing room. The Powerhouse includes exhibits on the fourth floor. The Rocky Reach dam is near the Lincoln Rock State Park a short distance upriver. The Rocky Reach Dam was featured on an episode of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, hosted by Mike Rowe.
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  • I remember the day when there were bunnies and guinea pigs hiding in the juniper bushes at the entrance. They are long gone, but still here is a great park, museum, and a hydro wonder. Check out the l...  more »
  • We stopped because we were driving by and we were looking for a picnic area to have lunch. We stayed 2 hours and could have stayed 1-2 more. There is a museum that runs the entire length of the powerh...  more »
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  • The visitor area of Rocky Reach Dam is a very unique place in the valley that one can visit for a variety of reasons. First, there are the art and educational displays inside. Second, the fish ladder viewing windows that appeal to visitors of all ages. Third are the picnic area and playground that get loads of use over the summer. It's close enough for a quick visit, yet interesting enough to spend some time there doing different things.
  • Brought my boys here a few summers ago and it was fun. My oldest was sort of feeling overheated so they offered to let him hang out in their air conditioned building so the rest of us could wandered around outside. Fun educational place to go no matter what your age and they have a really cool playground which I believe has since been replaced with brand new equipment.😄

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