Safety On and Around Water

Sudden changes in water flows can occur without warning and cause strong surface and underwater currents near our dams. Swimming or boating in these areas is extremely dangerous. For your safety, observe all warning signs and stay back from Lake Chelan, Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams.

  • Water released from the dams can create hazardous boating conditions. Sudden water level fluctuations can impact the shoreline.
  • When swimming, fishing, boating or paddling in a river, be aware of the water level and check upstream frequently for any sign of increasing currents or rising water. If the water level is rising or the flow is speeding up, get out of the water or move your boat downstream.
  • Safety barriers located above our dams are there to keep everyone safe. Do not go beyond the safety barriers under any circumstances. If someone gets in trouble and goes beyond the barriers, call 911 immediately.
  • Check the weather forecast before starting out. Watch for any wave, wind and cloud changes that signal bad weather is heading your way.
  • Make sure water and weather conditions are safe before entering the water. Cold water reduces body heat 25 times faster than air at the same temperature. Local waterways can be cold enough to cause serious harm. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time.
  • Be careful. There are no lifeguards on duty at our recreation sites.
  • Stay connected with Chelan PUD through our Safety and Outage Web pageTwitter and Facebook to learn if there are any potential or expected changes in river operations.
Riverfront Park Boat Launch