Columbia River — Rocky Reach to Rock Island

Photo By Frank Cone

Length: 20 miles

Sights: Most of what you will see are the developed areas of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee — including several waterfront parks. Some areas are undeveloped, however, and haven for wildlife such as beaver, deer, osprey, herons and bald eagles. That includes the Horan Wildlife Area on the Wenatchee side and located between Walla Walla Point Park and Wenatchee Confluence State Park; and the Porter’s Pond area on the East Wenatchee side. Development lessens significantly as you approach Rock Island Dam.

Put in spot: Wenatchee Confluence State Park.

Take out spot: Rock Island Hydro Park.

What to watch out for: Although the Columbia River is managed here by Rock Island Dam, it can be choppy and fast-moving depending on wind and whether water is being released by the dam. Also, during the warm-weather months the river attracts a fair number of power boats.

Facilities: The Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club operates two boat houses and a dock at the foot of Ninth Street on the Wenatchee side. There also is a park and park restroom at that location. For more on the Row and Paddle Club:

Parks: Wenatchee Confluence State Park (campground, RVs, dock, restrooms, store a half-mile away in Olds Station); Walla Walla Point Park (inlet, restrooms, ball fields); Riverfront Park and Orondo Avenue boat launch (dock, restrooms); Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park (dock, restrooms).

Eat/drink: Both are within walking distance of Wenatchee Confluence State Park, the Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club boathouse, and the Orondo Avenue Boat Launch. The Orondo Boat Launch, in fact, is just a couple blocks from downtown Wenatchee and is adjacent to the new Pybus Public Market.

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