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Youth on the Columbia

Spring Program

The popular Youth On The Columbia spring program, offered by your Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, will begin in early May, 2014 and continue through mid-June. Canoes will launch from the dock at Confluence State Park and paddle from the Columbia through side channels to the Wenatchee River and back.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Paddle the bow and stern positions in the 25-foot Voyageur canoes
  • Offer support assistance on shore
  • Transport the Voyageur trailer and other equipment from the Annex to Big Bow Pond and back

One hour, one day or multiple days, any time you have to offer is valuable. If you are interested in participating in this rewarding program please contact Kim George, kgeorge50@charter.net or 509-679-6247, to request a copy of the current schedule and to volunteer for the days that would work best for you.


2014 rowing schedule

Rowing Director Dan Garrison will resume Masters practice on Tuesday, March 1. Here is the schedule:

Tues. & Thurs.: 5:30 to 7:am | Saturdays: 7 to 9:am

More info or have questions, contact Coach David Bentsen at bentsendj@gmail.com

In Memoriam

Liliana Leon Memorial Photo

 Liliana Leon Memorial

and Scholarship Fund

Liliana Leon, a young Pioneer Middle School student, tragically lost her life on May 28, 2012, while attempting to rescue her friend from the cold, fast-flowing Columbia River. Only 13 years old at the time of her death, Liliana was a dedicated student who played in her school's Mariachi program.

In recognition of her bravery, on Nov. 8, 2012 the City of Wenatchee posthumously awarded her the city's Good Samaritan Award. Liliana was only the second person ever to receive the honor. Her parents, Guadalupe and Maria Leon, and younger sister, Jocelyn, accepted the award on her behalf.

WRPC's Board voted unanimously to construct a permanent memorial to Liliana, and is now moving forward with the project. The memorial honoring Liliana's life and sacrifice will consist of a basalt bench and stonework with a column engraved with her likeness. It will be located at the top of WRPC's dock ramp, and will evoke remembrance and urge caution to all who pass by.

The estimated cost of the memorial will be $2,500-3,000. All surplus gifts will go into a WRPC scholarship fund for deserving youth. The Board will be fundraising through Memorial Day.

You can make a donation online at http://wenatcheepaddle.org/store.cfm, or make out a check to WRPC with "Liliana Leon Memorial" written in the notes line and mail to:
WRPC, P.O. 3925 Wenatchee, WA 98807.

Rowing AND Paddling

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Join us in the love of
human-powered craft

The Wenatchee Row & Paddle Club is the only facility of its kind in the upper Columbia River. For those who live in the Wenatchee area, we are at most a 10-minute drive away. And thanks to the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, which travels right by our facility, we are within biking distance of the entire metro area.

Just as our name implies, we cater to both rowers and paddlers. Within our club, those who enjoy these amateur sports possess various skill levels. While most of our members row and paddle recreationally for fitness, we do have some who train for and compete in masters races. We also have a growing program for juniors.

Getting out on the Columbia River provides amazing views of not only the Cascade Mountains and foothills but also of the metropolitan area. Wildlife is frequently spotted on the shorelines, including in the habitat-rich Horan Wildlife Area adjacent to the Columbia's confluence with the Wenatchee River.

For more on rowing and paddling, see the pages under the 'ACTIVITIES' pulldown menu, at top.

To explore the full range of human-powered activities available in the greater Wenatchee area, visit the Wenatchee Outdoors website and contribute to the Outdoor Forum.

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