Air view of the Columbia River at Wenatchee looking north

 

Our River

Not more than 100 feet from our boathouse, the Columbia River flows by on its journey to the Pacific Ocean. They call it "the mighty Columbia" for good reason. It is 1,243 miles long and its drainage basin extends into seven U.S. states and British Columbia. It carries the largest volume of water of any river draining into the Pacific.

In the Wenatchee area, the river is home to anadromous fish and it supports numerous wildlife, including eagles, osprey, ducks, geese, muskrats, beaver, otter, deer, foxes and coyotes.

 

Boat under construction ca 1917

Building a boat in Wenatchee in early 1900s

The Columbia has been central to the region's economy for decades. At one time, steamboats transported goods and people on its waters in Central Washington. Hydroelectric dams dot the upper Columbia. Two dams, Rocky Reach and Rock Island, are located just upriver and downriver, respectively, from our facility.

Docked Ferryboat

Old steamboat on Columbia near Wenatchee

The river also has long had a role in the culture of Native Americans. Indigenous peoples have inhabited the Columbia's watershed for more than 15,000 years.

The confluence of the Columbia and its 10th largest tributory, the Wenatchee River, is located just over a mile and a quarter to the north of our boathouses.