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.

Anglers: Keep a safe distance from dams

by Rachel Hansen | Jul 22, 2022

The area below Rocky Reach Dam is a favorite among anglers this time of year, but please keep a safe distance away from the dam and the fish bypass outfall pipe.

By state law, boats and anglers fishing from the riverbank are not allowed within 400 feet downstream of man-made dams and structures used for fish passage – including Rocky Reach.

The off-limits area is marked by no-trespassing signs and buoys. For safety reasons, all water recreation is prohibited in the off-limits area.

Information about river flows, elevation and boat launch status are available through Chelan PUD’s free Current app, available at

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