Parks and Recreation Visitor Center

Hours:

We're open from March 1 to Nov. 16. Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum of the Columbia closes 30 minutes prior.

Our park remains open until 9 p.m. from May 1 to Sept. 1.

Please call (509) 663-7522 with questions or to schedule a wedding.

Summer Science classes at Rocky Reach

Rocky Reach Visitor Center is located on the west side of Rocky Reach Dam. The center is easily accessible from Highway 97A and offers ample parking for visitors, including recreational vehicles and buses.

Those touring the facility will discover a museum, a cafe, 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.

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For general questions or to reserve a Rocky Reach park shelter, contact Christina Detering at (509) 663-7522.

To schedule a tour of Rocky Reach Dam contact Debbie Gallaher at (509) 661-4960, or schedule your tour online.

Look a salmon in the eye

A highlight of any visit to the Rocky Reach Visitor Center is the opportunity for a closeup 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 Visitor 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 visitors 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 visitor 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 visitors where trees are located and guiding them in a walking loop that starts and ends at the Visitor 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. Click here to view the Rocky Reach Cafe's menu. The café opens with the Visitor Center on March 1. 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.