Rocky Reach Discovery Center is located on the west side of Rocky Reach Dam, easily accessible from Highway 97A, and offers ample parking for guests, including recreational vehicles and buses.
Guests will discover a museum, a café, balconies that offer panoramic views of the dam and grounds, the juvenile fish bypass system, the reservoir (Lake Entiat) and the Columbia River. A 90-seat theater shows movies throughout the day and upon request. Guided tours are available by appointment.
Discovery Center Access and Security Policy
Join us for our brand new 3-day program for active senior adults called Hydro Life Learners. On day one, our subject matter experts will guide you on a walk through the Horan Nature Trail and discuss the wildlife and birds that live in the area. The second day will take you to the historical Chelan Falls Power House where you will learn more walking along the Reach 4 area. Life Learners will board a Wenatchee Shuttle bus on the final day and the tour will proceed downstream to the Kirby Billingsley Park and then upstream to the Beebe Bridge Park and other “top spots” such as the greenhouses at Rocky Reach Dam as well as a walk at the confluence. Registration is required, and space is limited active seniors who have no restrictions walking up to a mile on rocky terrain. Please call (509) 663-7522 to register.
5000 State Hwy 97A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
We're open 7 days a week, including holidays.
Discovery Center hours are
9 am - 6 pm
Museum of the Columbia hours are 9 am - 5:30 pm
Rocky Reach Park is open from 9 am - 6 pm as of March 1.
For information about upcoming events, group tours, weddings in our pergola, and reservation questions, please call (509) 663-7522.
Shelter reservations are required and are taken on a first come, first served, basis. Please click here to reserve a shelter online.
Opening Day at Rocky Reach Discovery Center
We hope you will join us for our 2019 season opener at Rocky Reach Discovery Center!
Look a salmon in the eye
A highlight of any visit to the Rocky Reach Discovery Center is the opportunity for a close-up view of fish passing through the fishway. The fish viewing room, with five windows located on the west side of the fish ladder, allows visitors to watch salmon, steelhead, trout and other species continue their upstream migration to spawning areas.
Salmon and steelhead are seasonal visitors. The best months of the year to see chinook salmon are May and August. Sockeye salmon are most visible during July, and it's September for steelhead. "Look a salmon in the eye" in the fish viewing room, located downstairs in the Visitor Center at Rocky Reach Dam.
Visit the powerhouse
After completing a tour of the Discovery Center, guests can walk along the forebay deck to the powerhouse and take an elevator down to the fourth floor where they can enjoy a number of exhibits and observation points. Self-guided tours take guests through the Museum of the Columbia, featuring a look back at the rich history of early life along the Columbia River. Other powerhouse displays include a Nez Perce Indian portrait collection, display of Rock Island Dam, Edisonia collection, and changing art, craft and floral exhibits. Balconies provide visitors with views of the full length of the powerhouse, the spillway, fish ladder, juvenile fish bypass, and Columbia River.
Room to play
Adjacent to the Discovery Center and powerhouse are acres of award-winning lawns and gardens. Special features include Petunia Island, where 8,000 brilliantly colored annual flowers are planted in a new design every year, and a large Chelan County PUD logo is composed of colorful flowers. Another display of bright red, white and blue annual flowers depicts the U.S. flag, and dozens of varieties of dahlias and the wide open space of lawn, clusters of alpine trees, picnic areas and playground equipment await the visitor. A turbine exhibit was constructed on the Rocky Reach grounds in the summer of 1998. The hub and blades of Generating Unit C5 were saved for the exhibit following C5's rehabilitation.
Tour the Rocky Reach Park Arboretum
From flowering magnolias to towering pines, Rocky Reach Park is home to a broad variety of beautiful trees. This diversity is cataloged, mapped, and explained in a self-guided tour of the Rocky Reach Park Arboretum. A brochure provides information about 42 species of trees at the Rocky Reach Park Arboretum, showing guests where trees are located and guiding them in a walking loop that starts and ends at the Discovery Center parking lot. It’s an easy walk that takes 1 to 2 hours. View the brochure.
Rocky Reach Cafe
Come have lunch, enjoy the view overlooking the Columbia River and the beautiful gardens in Rocky Reach Park. Mama D's café at Rocky Reach Discovery Center is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sunday. Questions? Call the café at (509) 661-4949.
Special events area
If you're planning a wedding or other intimate event, call us to reserve the pergola on the Rocky Reach grounds. Celebrate your special event surrounded by lush flowers and the sound of the Columbia River. Call (509) 663-7522 to reserve this space at no cost. Wedding reservations are accepted year-round.