Wells Dam sits on the Columbia River, just north of Chelan and just south of Pateros. This is another of the many imporant Columbia River dams that help with flood control as well as contribute to the wealth of hydroelectric power the region has. It doesn’t get as much attention as some of the others, but it is a very significant part of the region.
North Central Washington has more than its fair share of impressive dams. The most famous in the region is of course Grand Coulee Dam. There are other important ones too and one of those is the Chelan Dam which helps with the water management of Lake Chelan.
While popularly known as the Chelan Dam, the official name is the Lake Chelan Hydroelectric Project.
The Shortest Of Them All
The Chelan Dam sits on the Chelan River. The river is just 4.1 miles long. This makes it the shortest river in the entire state of Washington.
Water going through the Chelan Dam for power production actually travels a little over two miles underground through a tunnel to the powerhouse that sits adjacent to the Columbia River.
Construction on the Chelan Dam began in 1926 and it opened in 1927. This was at least the fourth dam built on the Chelan River. The first two were wooden versions that would be washed out by high water. The third was completed in 1903 and brought the first electricity to the city of Chelan.
The Chelan Dam measures in at 40 feet high and 490 feet across. It includes eight spillway bays.
Moses Coulee may not be the most famous of the coulees in the North Central Washington, but it has a lot to offer in its own right. The dramatic scenery alone, with the rocky cliffsides and desolate landscape, are perfect for picture taking. This is a great destination for a quick day trip.
The bottom of Moses Coulee, where it discharges into the Columbia River, is known as the Great Gravel Bar of Moses Coulee and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.
An Alternate Route
Though it’s hard to believe now, for a short time during and after the Great Missoula Flood, the Columbia River briefly flowed through Moses Coulee.
Established in the lower part of Moses Coulee, a post office called Appledale was created in 1912. It remained in operation until 1927 and was named for the apple orchards in the area.
The area known as Palisades, Wa is an unincorporated community in Moses Coulee. A post office was established in Palisades in 1908 and still operates there today.
Bodies of Water
While it was carved by ice and water, the huge Moses Coulee now is home to just two very small lakes. Both lakes are located in upper Moses Coulee with Grimes Lake being to the north and Jameson Lake being to the south.
Some excitement on a level a little higher than what would normally be for a lunch or dinner spot hit Wenatchee last week when construction finished an Panda Express opened for business.
Panda Express is located on North Wenatchee Avenue, next to Discount Tire. It’s nearest competition is EZ’s, Wendy’s and Sonic. Convenient Asian food on the north end of town might just be what people are looking for too.
The drive-thru was backed up all the way to the road for the first couple of days. The line was out the door too as hungry locals wanted to try the food out.
It’s a convenient ordering process at Panda Express, as you basically get your choice of three sides and about eight entrees. Order a “bowl” and it’s your choice of one side and one entree. A “plate” gets you one side and two entrees. And for the very hungry, a “bigger plate” which gives you one side and three entrees. You can also get a few special add-ons like egg rolls or order family-size orders too.
It’s always nice to have more choices when it’s time to go get something to eat. Welcome to Wenatchee, Panda Express!
North Central Washington is home to some great state parks. The Lake Chelan area is a top destination and on its southern shore is Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park. The park is popular with both campers and boaters and has easy access to to both the lower and upper part of the lake.
Here are five fun facts about Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park.
Prior to its development as a state park, the area that is now Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park was orifinally developed as a private resort.
There are 67 total campsites at Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park. 46 of them are tent sites and there are 21 more that offer limited utilities.
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park covers 235 acres of land on Chelan’s south shore.
Long Ago Campers
Long before it became a state park and a much sought after destination for campers, the area where Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park now sits was a Native American seasonal encampment.
Many times when wildfires have been active on the south shore of Lake Chelan or higher up in the hills, Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park has been used as a staging area for firefighting equipment, as well as an area to house firefighters.