Field Report No. 20130529E: Rocky Reach Dam

Topic:
Rocky Reach Dam, Wenatchee Valley

Conditions
Scattered Clouds

Rocky Reach Dam spans the Columbia River upstream from Wenatchee, powering homes and industry, and providing irrigation to the dry surrounding land for fertile crops. Badger Mountain, the highest point in Douglas County, graces the horizon behind.

Rocky Reach Dam spans the Columbia River upstream from Wenatchee, powering homes and industry, and providing irrigation to the dry surrounding land for fertile crops. Badger Mountain, the highest point in Douglas County, graces the horizon behind.

COMMENTS:
On a whim I took the car up to Rocky Reach Dam. I thought I’d look a salmon in the eye, though I’m not sure they’re even around this time of year. There were plenty of other fish. In the powerhouse, I met the massive hum of the generators and it got into my bones. It’s in everyone’s bones, probably more than they realize. It’s the spirit of the place.

KEY FEATURES:
The Rocky Reach Hydro Electric project was undertaken by the Chelan County Public Utility district in the 1950s. Harnessing the renewable energy of the Columbia River, it powers over 7 million homes. The park is well kept and the gardens are really something. For a small donation, you can visit the museum; a great resource and probably one of the best kept secrets around.