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.
Here are five fun facts about Wells Dam.
Wells Dam started producing electricity when it began operation on August 22nd, 1967.
Wells Dam produces hydroelectricity thanks to the 10 turbine generators that operate there.
Wells Dam spans for 4,460 feet across the Columbia River.
The water backed up behind Wells Dam is known as Lake Pateros. This is just the reservoir of water accumulated in the body of the Columbia River.
There is a small island just below Wells Dam with a boat launch and fish hatchery known as Carpenter Island.