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Video: Crescent Bar, Washington Without Water! Wanapum Dam Drawdown

Here’s some footage shot at the popular Eastern Washington getaway spot, Crescent Bar. With the drawdown of the water behind Wanapum Dam, a lot of riverbed that has not been seen since the dam was completed in 1964 has emerged in plain sight. Crescent Bar is known for golf, sunny days, boating, swimming, and some wild times. It sure doesn’t look the same here!

2014 Wanapum Dam Drawdown Photos – Crescent Bar

With the drawdown of Lake Wanapum behind Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River, thanks to a huge crack found in the dam, some of North Central Washington’s scenery has taken on a different look. The river looks narrower, there’s a “bathtub ring” visible on the rock walls, and there is quite a bit of exposed river bed. Here are a few photos from the popular Crescent Bar area.

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Just north of Crescent Bar, the waterline is very recognizable on the rock walls and there are several rocks exposed that usually sit below the water.


As we dropped down into Crescent Bar, I found the odd look of that exposed riverbed a bit surprising. It resembles an ocean beach at low tide in a lot of ways.


Like most of us, I’m used to seeing the marina at Crescent Bar as one of the social hot spots with boats and jet skis coming in and out at all hours. The look of it now is more than just a little unusual.

NCW Photo of the Week: Go Golfing At Crescent Bar

Crescent Bar sits just off Highway 28 in between Quincy and Wenatchee. It is a small vacation community featuring condominiums, a marina, beaches, swim areas, restaurants, and even a couple of shopping opportunities. There are also two golf courses in this little vacation getaway. A lot of people have a very good time spending a long weekend at Crescent Bar.