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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.

Mills Canyon Fire in North Central Washington – More Photos

The Mills Canyon Fire continues to burn in the Entiat Valley between Wenatchee and Chelan. It continued east, crested the hill above the highway, and forced the closure of US 97A.

More photos from the Mills Canyon Fire:

Mills Canyon Fire Smolders in Entiat Valley
Mills Canyon Fire Smolders in Entiat Valley

Mills Canyon Fire - Osprey Nest

Mills Canyon Fire - Flames

Mills Canyon Fire - Burns Above Orchard

Mills Canyon Fire - Helicopter Collage

Check out our prior Mills Canyon Fire post.

Mills Canyon Fire Burns in the Entiat Valley

The Mills Canyon Fire began Tuesday around the middle of the day and quickly became a major fire that was sure to dominate the news in the region for awhile.  Not too long after it began, its plume of white smoke could easily be seen against the blue sky for miles around.

Mills Canyon Fire from East Wenatchee
Mills Canyon Fire from East Wenatchee

Mills Canyon Road, the turn off to Mills Canyon from Entiat River Road, sits just over three miles up the valley from Entiat, the Columbia River, and Highway 97A. The road is popular with those looking to get out in wilderness but still stay close to home as it is relatively close to Wenatchee, Chelan, and of course Entiat.

The fire grew over the course of the afternoon and after first burning in a south and south west direction, turned and headed east, back in the direction of the Columbia River.

Mills Canyon Fire Heats Up - 7/8/2014
Mills Canyon Fire Heats Up – 7/8/2014

NCW Photo of the Week: The Bridge Over the Mouth of the Entiat River

Highway 97A connects Wenatchee and Chelan on the west side of the Columbia River. About halfway up it is the town of Entiat and the point where the Entiat River flows into the Columbia. Spanning that river is this bridge here. In the summer, it is not uncommon to see boats hanging out near it and people walking about in the shallow water.

Photos Of Mud Slide On 97A Between Wenatchee And Chelan

Early Wednesday morning, water build up from an earlier summer rainstorm came rushing down a small canyon just south of Entiat. It pushed mud, rocks, trees, and other debris out over the highway, across the railroad tracks, and out into the Columbia River. The highway remained closed the entire day and still no opening is planned as the Department of Transportation will be reassessing it in the morning.

Mud Slide Covers Highway 97A - Click to Enlarge

There were other mud slides further north on 97A, but those were cleaned up rather quickly and though the highway remained closed from Chelan south, local traffic was allowed through down as far as Entiat.

More photos from the mud slide on 97A just north of Turtle Rock Estates:

Click to enlarge

These photos courtesy of the Washington State Dept. of Transportation

See photos of the town of Entiat.