Fish and Wildlife

Rocky Reach Fish LadderThe mission of Chelan PUD’s Fish & Wildlife Programs is to meet the District’s regulatory requirements and natural resource stewardship responsibilities in a safe, cost-efficient manner.

Chelan PUD personnel develop, perform, and coordinate surveys and studies, providing the expertise both in the office and the field to meet specific license requirements mandated for the hydroelectric projects operated by the District.

The District also must carry out species monitoring and enhancement projects in order to meet requirements of our Habitat Conservation Plan agreements and the Endangered Species Act. Ongoing studies and monitoring projects serve to maintain a data set to address issues that may arise during project relicensing and other regulatory permit processes for the District’s hydroelectric projects.

Wenatchee foothills trails open for outdoor recreation

by Rachel Hansen | Apr 01, 2022

he Sage Hills and Horse Lake trail systems are now open for the outdoor recreation season.

Every winter, several trails in the Wenatchee foothills close to provide winter refuge for mule deer and other wildlife, typically from Dec. 1 to April 1.

Chelan PUD manages Home Water Wildlife Preserve -- about 960 acres in the heart of Sage Hills – as part of its federal license to operate Rock Island Dam. Winter closures are a condition of the permitted seasonal trail use.

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and the City of Wenatchee also close public access to more than 2,200 acres of open space adjacent to PUD property to provide additional winter range for wildlife.

For information about Wenatchee foothills trails and conditions, visit the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust website.

* * *

Find us on 24/7 at, on and follow us on Twitter @ChelanPUD.