Columbia River shoreline

Photo By Frank Cone

Highlights: Nearly 100 acres of man-made wetlands offer breeding habitat and migrating stop-overs to many types of birds, including sparrows, warblers, towhees, quails, kingfishers, kingbirds, bald eagles and more. Waterfowl, waders, gulls and other shorebirds are found along the riverbank in the bay between the Horan Natural Area and Walla Walla Point Park. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded in this area.

Best time to go: Year-round but fall brings the greatest variety of birds to the area.

How to get there:

Wenatchee Confluence State Park — From downtown Wenatchee, head north on Wenatchee Avenue. Immediately after crossing the Wenatchee River, exit to the right, following signs for Penny Road and Olds Station. Turn onto Penny Road, and then right again onto Chester Kimm Street. Proceed to the T intersection, turning left onto Old Station Road. The entrance to Wenatchee Confluence State Park is on the right, just after the railroad tracks. There is a parking area on the right before you reach the gated camping area. Discovery Pass required.

Walla Walla Point Park — From downtown Wenatchee, head east on Ninth Street and then turn left on Walla Walla Avenue. Turn right into the park entrance directly across the street from the Town Toyota Center.

Horan Natural Area — This wildlife refuge sits between Walla Walla Point Park and Wenatchee Confluence State Park and is accessible via the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.

DCIM999GOPRO by Jeremy Burlingame Columbia River shoreline, Paddling
DCIM999GOPRO by Jeremy Burlingame Columbia River shoreline, Paddling
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