The parks were developed under recreation plans required by the federal government as part of the PUD's licenses to operate the Rocky Reach, Rock Island, and Lake Chelan hydro projects. Between 1978 and 1995, the PUD spent $67 million developing these 15 recreation facilities.
Ballfield complexes within the parks provide baseball and soccer fields for local teams and also attract regional tournaments to the area.
The Apple Capital Loop Trail is a 10-mile long picturesque loop along the east and west shores of the Columbia River in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area. The trail is well used for walking, jogging, skating and riding bicycles.
Reach 1 Trail, completed in 2010, provides a scenic opportunity for local people and visitors to explore the Chelan River Gorge.
The PUD also operates the Rocky Reach Visitor Center, where you can look a salmon in the eye through windows on the fish ladder. The Visitor Center provides guided and self-guided tours through the powerhouse and Museum of the Columbia, one of the most exciting and innovative interpretive museums of the West. The Visitor Center offers educational programs for young and old throughout the visitor season.
Both the Columbia River and Lake Chelan are popular for boating and fishing. The PUD gathers information on river flows and water temperatures, lake levels, and fish counts as part of operating PUD hydro projects and provides this information to the public. For all available data, use the links on this page or go to our Fast Facts page.