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Rocky Reach Dam Visitor Center, Wenatchee

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Rocky Reach Dam is a hydroelectric dam in the U.S. state of Washington owned and operated by Chelan County Public Utility District. It has 11 generators rated in total 1300 MW. The project is on the Columbia River in north central Washington state about seven miles (11 km) upstream from the city of Wenatchee. The dam is 473mi above the mouth of the Columbia. The reservoir impounded by the dam is Lake Entiat. The project provides energy for more than 7 million people throughout the Pacific Northwest.Rocky Reach is nationally recognized for efforts to protect the environment. A first-of-its-kind juvenile fish bypass system was completed in 2003 to help young salmon and steelhead on their way to the ocean. A major powerhouse upgrade started in 1995 includes new turbines that are more fish friendly. Improvements to turbines and generators are also designed to improve efficiency and reliability.TourismThe project is located on the Columbia River on Highway 97A, seven miles north of Wenatchee. The visitor center shows films describing the Columbia River. The "Look a Salmon in the Eye" exhibit from (May–September) is a fish viewing room. The Powerhouse includes exhibits on the fourth floor. The Rocky Reach dam is near the Lincoln Rock State Park a short distance upriver. The Rocky Reach Dam was featured on an episode of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, hosted by Mike Rowe.
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  • Very clean and had some great historical artifacts! Would have liked to have seen more of how the dam works.  more »
  • Located right on the Columbia River. This park is a place for locals and visitors alike. Go boating or laying out and soaking up the suns rays this is a great place that is never too packed.  more »
  • What a wonderful treasure...and it is free. Kids would love it...watching the salmon swim through the ladders. The grounds are great for a picnic lunch. The museum was amazing. And it is all FREE!  more »
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  • Fish viewing (through glass ports). Exhibits to learn more about the dam and community. (This is a federal institution so beware before driving onto the property so your items are not confiscated. Security at front gate with metal detectors before going into the exhibits.)
  • It's a great museum with pictures and lots of educational, historical, interactive displays. Check out the lower level, they have a window viewing area of salmon and other live fish in the dam. The views outside the dam are gorgeous as well (beautiful grounds and mountains surrounding it).
  • Education with interaction and incredible beauty. The heart starts by the play area with the flag that is flowers planted. The beautiful flowers are all throughout the grounds. When you enter the center (which is free, no cost) they ask if you would like a guided tour. Next you go to look at the history inside the Dam and to be impressed by the massive equipment that they have on display. Play with the machine to generate enough power to light the bulbs (it is not work than you might think) it is fun to compete with friends. A must see.
  • Informative exhibits and beautiful grounds. I loved the fish ladder! Spring through Autumn is the best time to see salmon or steelhead through the windows.
  • Fun museum, fish ladder viewing and playground! Absolutely beautifully kept grounds...flower heaven! Free. Closes rather early so plan ahead.