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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  • August 9, 2017
    The visitors center at the Rocky Reach Dam is impressive. We have been to a couple but this one stands out because it is very well done. The fish viewing is standard stuff. The museum in the dam (a sh...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    I'm a science nerd and love to see the great marvels of engineering at work. This Dam allows you to tour and observe the technical operations as well as learn about the culture impact that building th...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    We drove over from Leavenworth with two girls 12 & 5. We got to see some very large salmon in the viewing windows(mid July). The spillway lookout of the dam is really cool as well. We didn't stay long...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    GreT experience for the kids. Fish ladder was a hit. Great museum and grounds. Very nice play area.
  • July 9, 2017
    Great plase to visit. Amazing staff and the place to very well maintained. There is a nice cafeteria. This is true gem on the way to lake Chelan. We can see the fish, turbine and there is a very good Indian museam. Please reserve around 2 hours for this spot. Kids loved the place. Best part free parking and entry.
  • July 10, 2017
    I love all of the antique radio gear on display. More hands on displays would be awesome.
  • July 6, 2017
    Haven't been here for over 30 years. Great facility, a real treasure for the public use.
  • March 4, 2017
    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.)

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