Five Fun Facts About The Entiat Valley

The Entiat Valley is accessible off of Highway 97A just south of Entiat, between Wenatchee and Chelan. Turning up the Entiat River Road will lead you to some great scenery and some nice recreational opportunities. The Entiat Valley makes for a nice drive on a pleasant afternoon, or you can head there to go camping or hiking too.

Here are five fun facts about The Entiat Valley.

From Start To Finish

The Entiat River starts high in the Glacier Peak Wilderness and travels 57 miles to where it ends when it empties into the Columbia River.

Fish On!

The Entiat National Fish Hatchery in the Entiat Valley opened for operation way back in 1941. In 2017, the shoreline on the Entiat River at the fish hatchery opened to anglers for the first time ever.

Welcome to Ardenvoir

The community of Ardenvoir sits just nine miles up the EntiatValley from the town of Entiat. It started as a logging and mining camp.

Not That One!

One of the top attractions in the Entiat Valley is Silver Falls. This scenic waterfall is 140 feet tall and offers a loop trail that climbs from the parking area below all the way to near the top and back down. There is another Silver Falls in Washington that is also a popular hiking spot. That one is located near Mount Rainier.

Creek Names

Some of the creeks you’ll pass by or be very near as you drive through the Entiat Valley include Pope Creek, Jungle Creek, Silver Creek, Lake Creek, Tommy Creek, Fox Creek, Burns Creek, McCrea Creek, Brennegan Creek, Mott Creek, Preston Creek, Tyee Creek, Shamel Creek, Stormy Creek, Potato Creek, Roundy Creek, Mud Creek, and Roaring Creek.

Douglas County Museums

When you visit Douglas County, whether you’re from North Central Washington or not, you’ll quickly see that this is a part of the country that is proud of its history. Douglas County is located in the eastern portion of the region and features a number of small towns, some dramatic landscape, and some very popular attractions. Douglas County also features some great museums.

Visiting these museums will give you an inside look at the lives of the settlers who first came to the area, the Native Americans who were already here, and a lot of the accomplishments of the people who have built it into what it is today.

Douglas County Museums

Douglas County Historical Museum
Douglas County Museum
The Douglas County Museum is located in the small town of Waterville, right on Highway 2. This is truly one of the more underrated museums in North Central Washington and it does a great job telling the story of the early settlement of the county.
Website: Douglas County Museum

Dry Falls Visitor Center
Dry Falls Visitor Center
Dry Falls is one of the most dramatic scenic locations in the entire state of Washington. Perched right on its rim is the Dry Falls Visitor Center. When you visit there you will find out everything you would want to know about this amazing place. From how it was formed to how it has impacted the lives of the people who live near it, it’s all covered there.
Website: Dry Falls Visitor Center

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center
Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center
There probably isn’t a more famous attraction in North Central Washington than Grand Coulee Dam. Some people visit to marvel at its size, some to view the laser light show, and some to learn about its history. The best way to do the latter is to take the time to visit the famous Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center.
Website: Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

10 North Central Washington Twitter Accounts Worth Following

Are you a Twitter user? There are some great North Central Washington Twitter accounts out there worth following! You can even follow our Twitter feed at:

North Central Washington

Whether you’re interested in photos, information on what’s going on around the region, humorous posts, or other local stuff, Twitter is the place to go. Here are 10 Twitter accounts that do a great job of informing and showing off North Central Washington.

City of Wenatchee
Munchen Haus
WSP Trooper Brian Moore
North Central Washington Memes
Wenatchee Valley
Ohme Gardens
Methow Valley News
Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel
Stevens Pass

5 Fun Facts About Highway 97

Highway 97 at Pateros

Highway 97 is the major north-south route through North Central Washington. It’s also one of the major highways in the entire state too. It drives through and past a lot of important features in the region. We use it all the time but how much do we know about it?

Here are five fun facts about Highway 97.

How Long Is It?

U.S. Route 97 is 322 miles long from where it enters the State of Washington on the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge across the Columbia River at Maryhill to the Canadian border where it leaves the state near Oroville.

But How Long Is It In Our Region?

Highway 97 enters North Central Washington at a location east of Cle Elum that is known locally as Lauderdale. It then travels nearly 187 miles and leaves the region at the Canadian border.

From 4 Comes 1

Four early highways made up the route through Washington that is now known as U.S. 97: State Road 2, State Road 3, State Road 8, and State Road 10. Each of those were so designated in 1923.

Highway 97 and the Columbia River

U.S. 97 crosses the Columbia River three times during its travels through the State of Washington. First at the Oregon border, then on the north end of Wenatchee on the Odabashian Bridge where it runs concurrently with U.S. 2, and finally on the Beebe Bridge just east of Chelan.

Move That Highway!

U.S. 97 once ran between Wenatchee and Chelan on the Chelan County side of the river. In 1987, the route number was moved to the highway on the Douglas County side of the river and the Chelan County section was renamed U.S. 97 A. The “A” stands for Alternate.

Tumwater Pipeline Bridge – Don’t Just Drive By

Tumwater Canyon is a beautiful drive most times of the year. You get to see the rugged rocky canyon walls, the raging Wenatchee River, and can even stop at places like Tumwater Dam, The Alps Candy Store, or Swift Current Picnic Area. Another spot worth checking out is one that usually just gets driven right by, the Tumwater Pipeline Bridge.

The entrance to the parking lot of this secluded little spot is just a couple miles west of Leavenworth. Find a parking spot, walk down to the little beach, there’s even a restroom there. Take a look around though. Look at the decaying walls and leftover building remnants that make up the spot where you’ve parked your car. You’re parked right where a pretty decent sized powerhouse once sat, making electricity from water from the Wenatchee River to use to help the electric trains get through the Old Cascade Tunnel under Stevens Pass to the west side of the mountains.

Tumwater Pipeline Bridge - Tumwater Canyon
All around are remnants of the old powerhouse.

That water was brought to the power generating plant through a pipeline from the Tumwater Dam. That pipeline came down the south side of the Wenatchee River and crossed the river on a bridge before reaching this spot. The building is long gone as is the pipeline, but the bridge is still there.

Tumwater Canyon - Pipeline Bridge
The Tumwater Pipeline Bridge – Tumwater Canyon

Walk around the “Road Closed” barricade at the west end of the parking area and a very short trail leads you to the pipeline bridge. Basically, the bridge is just as it was back in the time of power production except for the top half of the pipe having been cut off. The lower section was then filled in with material to give it a flat surface and a pedestrian bridge was born. The trail continues up the path of the old pipeline grade on the other side of the river and offers a nice leisurely stroll along the Wenatchee River. When you reach a large rock pile, you’ve reached the end. Some people do scramble over the rocks while most turn around and return to the pipeline bridge and the parking area.

Tumwater Pipeline Bridge - Tumwater Canyon
The beach area along the Wenatchee River.

When water is lower in late summer, the beach area grows and offers enough space for a few families to enjoy the sun and the cold water of the Wenatchee River.

The Tumwater Pipeline Bridge is another of the many fun stops along Highway 2 in Tumwater Canyon.

North Central Washington Ghost Signs:  Monitor

A short pull off from Highway 2 just west of Wenatchee made for a quick look for some more Ghost Signs.  And it paid off, too.  Monitor, Washington is home to several fruit warehouse buildings, some farms, orchards, and homes, and even a small business or two.

Shipping Sign in Monitor
Shipping Sign in Monitor

Sometimes what you find can be something like a small directional sign like this one pointing to the shipping office.  While other times what you find is a huge faded business name.

Collins Fruit Warehouse Sign in Monitor
Collins Fruit Warehouse Sign in Monitor

Most ghost signs aren’t as colorful or as detailed as this Collins Fruit sign.  This is a real treasure. 

Monitor is a tiny community, but it still had a couple entries in the catalog of North Central Washington Ghost Signs

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