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5 More Fun Facts About Stevens Pass In North Central Washington

Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass was an important discovery in terms of the development of North Central Washington. From a railroad, highway, and trail perspectives, many people and a lot of goods head in and out of the area by traveling that way.

We did five fun facts about Stevens Pass awhile ago and it proved pretty popular:

5 Fun Facts About Stevens Pass In North Central Washington

With that in mind, here are five more fun facts about Stevens Pass.

A Second Tunnel?

The Cascade Tunnel is a railroad tunnel that goes beneath Stevens Pass and stretches for 7.8 miles. It opened in 1929, replacing an earlier one that had also gone by the name of The Cascade Tunnel.

Walk This Way

The pedestrian bridge that crosses U.S. 2 at the ski area at the top of Stevens Pass was constructed in 2010.

Mountain Names

The Stevens Pass Ski Area operates at the top of Stevens Pass. The ski area offers lifts and runs on both Cowboy Mountain and Big Chief Mountain.

Who Built Them?

Both the original and current tunnels that are open to train travel beneath Stevens Pass were built by the Great Northern Railway.

Imagine Life Without It

The state highway over Stevens Pass was opened on July 11, 1925.

5 More Fun Facts About The Lake Wenatchee Area

Lake Wenatchee Area

The Lake Wenatchee Area is one of the more beautiful parts of North Central Washington. It is home to vacation homes, small communities, and even a state park. It’s very easy to have a great time in the Lake Wenatchee Area regardless of what time of year it is.

We did some fun facts about the Lake Wenatchee Area before:

5 Fun Facts About The Lake Wenatchee Area

Because it was so popular, here are five more fun facts about the Lake Wenatchee Area.

The Local Airport

Just north of Lake Wenatchee State Park is Lake Wenatchee State Airport. The airport features a turf runway that is 2,473 feet in length.

Logging Routes

Logging in the Lake Wenatchee area began shortly after the first settlers became established there. Logs were brought to Leavenworth by two main routes, either via the Wenatchee River during the high spring water or on the small Peavine Rail that was built right along the Chumstick Highway.

Name That Island

The island that sits in Lake Wenatchee, righ above where the Wenatchee River leaves it, is named Emerald Island.

Maximum Capacity

Lake Wenatchee State Park features just under 200 campsites, plus a large family campsite. Many of these sites are reservable online at: &&

Local Communities

There are several small unincorporated communities and former communities in the Lake Wenatchee Area. Some of these names include Telma, Coles Corner, Chumstick, Winton, Merritt, and Plain. Most of those who live in the area carry a Leavenworth mailing address.

5 Fun Facts About North Central Washington Creeks

Twentyfive Mile Creek State Park

North Central Washington is home to a lot of water. A lot of that water is in the form of creeks too. Some of these are fish bearing, some run right along popular camping areas, and some are hidden away and not widely known.

Here are five fun facts about the creeks of North Central Washington.

The Creek or the Campground?

Just outside the boundaries of Lake Wenatchee State Park is a U.S. National Forest campground that shares its name with the creek that flows through it, Nason Creek Campground. It’s there at that campground that this significant creek becomes the first tributary to flow into the Wenatchee River.


Peshastin Creek comes tumbling off the Cascade Mountains near Blewett Pass and heads into the Wenatchee River near Dryden. The last eight and a half miles of the creek are actually listed as a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

All Aboard!

In the early 1900’s, Douglas Creek saw a nine month building project by the Great Northern Railway end with the construction of what was known as the Mansfield Branch Line. This railroad line stretched from the Columbia River below Rock Island, up Moses Coulee, and across the Waterville Plateau to Mansfield, largely following Douglas Creek. The prime purpose of the rail line was to transport grain and the last train to use this route did so in 1985.

What’s In A Name?

Salmon Creek is known for draining the water from Conconully Lake and Conconully Reservoir all the way to the community of Okanogan and emptying into the Okanogan River. The community of Conconully was originally named Salmon City after the creek where ore deposits had been found.

Not Always A State Park

Twentyfive Mile Creek flows out of the Cascade Mountains and into Lake Chelan very near to the highest uplake portion of the lake you can reach by road. The creek meets the lake at what is now Twentyfive Mile Creek State Park. This spot was originally a private resort and was acquired by Washington State in 1972.

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.

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.

5 Fun Facts About Slidewaters Waterpark In Chelan

Chelan is a top vacation destination and one of the true gems of North Central Washington. One of the more fun attractions there, especially for families, is Slidewaters Waterpark. Packed with waterslides and plenty of other opportunities for fun, it really is the kind of place that makes a visit to Chelan all that more memorable.

Here is a look at five fun facts about Slidewaters Waterpark in Chelan.

When Did It All Start?

Slidewaters Water Park opened in Chelan in 1983 and featured four waterslides at the time.

It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here…

The hot tub at Slidewaters Water Park has a capacity of 60 people!

Need A Break?

The lazy river that allows you to take a relaxing float around part of the property there was added to Slidewaters Water Park in 2012.

Total Number Of Slides

Slidewaters Water Park has a total of 12 different slides. Nine are meant for body rides, two are innertube rides, and one is a mat ride.


2015 saw Slidewaters ranked the 7th best waterpark in the entire USA.

Check out Slidewaters Waterpark online: SLIDEWATERS

5 Fun Facts About Highway 17 In North Central Washington

Highway 17 - The Coulee Corridor

Going north to south through the heart of North Central Washington is Highway 17. This state route passes through some fun communities and near some impressive attractions. It’s an important part of the local region.

Here are five fun facts about North Central Washington’s Highway 17.

County Crossings

Highway 17 passes through five different counties on its trip north, including Franklin, Adams, Grant, Douglas, and Okanogan.

A Scenic Byway

Highway 17 is officially designated as the Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway between Othello and Coulee City as it passes through the Grand Coulee.

Only One?

Highway 17 stretches for a little over 36 miles. In all that time it crosses just one river, the Columbia River at Bridgeport. This comes just a little over eight miles before the highway ends where it meets U.S. 97.

From 3 Comes 1

When the national highway renumbering plan came about in 1964, Highway 17 was established from three other highways. It was made up of Secondary State Highway 11G, Primary State Highway 7, and part of Primary State Highway 10.

Where’d Those Miles Go?

When Highway 17 was established in 1964, it was 144.27 miles long. Highway 395 was realigned later and Highway 17’s starting point was moved, chopping off 7.6 miles of its length.

Five More Fun Facts About North Central Washington Highways

US 97A Knapps Hill Tunnel

The highways of North Central Washington have a unique history. Learning about the roads we travel on can be a lot of fun. They not only bring us to interesting places but they are interesting all on their own.

Here is a look at five fun facts about the North Central region’s various highways.

The North Cascades Highway

The North Cascades Highway stretches across Highway 20 and is the northnernmost route across the Cascade Mountain range in the United States. The stretch of road that closes every year due to avalanche danger is 44 miles in length from milepost 134 to 178.

Highway 2

Highway 2 goes west to east across North Central Washington. It’s one of two highways in the region that drives across the top of a dam. Just west of Coulee City, at the southern end of Banks Lake, it crosses Dry Falls Dam.

Highway 97A Wenatchee to Chelan

The “A” in Highway 97A stands for the word “alternate” and serves as the alternate highway to Highway 97 which runs on the opposite side of the Columbia River. Highway 97A was originally called Highway 97 until it was moved to the Douglas County side of the river in place of the former Highway 151. Highway 97A is the only state highway in the North Central region that goes through a tunnel.

Highway 971 Near Chelan

Highway 971 near Chelan starts and ends where it intersects with the exact same highway. It leaves Highway 97A just south of the Knapps Hill Tunnel, winds up the hill and through the Navarre Coulee, then travels back east along the south shore of Lake Chelan before rejoining Highway 97A again.

Highway 155 Along Banks Lake

Highway 155 stretches from Coulee City, north through the Grand Coulee Dam area, and then over Disautel Pass to Omak and Highway 97. Prior to the renumbering of the state highways in 1964, the stretch from Coulee City to Grand Coulee Dam was Secondary State Highway 2F and the section from there to Omak was Secondary State Highway 10F.

5 Fun Facts About Stevens Pass In North Central Washington

Cascade Tunnel

Stevens Pass is one of the most dominant transportation related features in North Central Washington. It’s home to a major highway leading over the Cascade Mountains and the very popular Stevens Pass Ski Area.

Here are five fun facts about Stevens Pass.

How High?

At its highest point, Stevens Pass has an elevation of 4,061 feet above sea level.

Where’d That Name Come From?

Stevens Pass was named for John Frank Stevens, a Northern Pacific Railway employee who was the first non-indigenous person to discover this crossing over the Cascade Mountains.

Fire Victim

The original ski lodge where today’s Stevens Pass Ski Area is located was a building built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937. It burned down in 1940.

That Long Ago?

The original Cascade Tunnel that brought trains beneath Stevens Pass was 2.63 miles in length and was opened in 1900.

Railroad Tragedy

On the western slopes of Stevens Pass is the historic site of Wellington. This was once a railroad town and is the site of the deadliest avalanche in United States history.

5 Fun Facts About The Little Wenatchee River

Little Wenatchee River

The Little Wenatchee River is located to the west of Lake Wenatchee and is a scenic area of the Cascade Mountains and North Central Washington. It’s a little out of the way, so it isn’t surprising that many people have never even seen it. There are a lot of camping options around the Little Wenatchee River and a good time can be had there.

Here are five fun facts about the Little Wenatchee River.

One Of Two

The Little Wenatchee River is one of two rivers that flows into Lake Wenatchee. The other is the White River.

Thanks for the Name!

The famous surveyor and explorer Albert Sylvester gave the Little Wenatchee River its name.

It All Starts Here

The headwaters of the Little Wenatchee River are found at a place called Dishpan Gap. This is adjacent to the headwaters of the Skykomish River located just on the other side of the gap. Rain and snowmelt on the east side of the gap flows east to the Columbia River. Rain and snowmelt on the west side of the gap flows west into Puget Sound.

Elevation Loss

The Little Wenatchee River has an elevation of 18,307 feet at its source. It drops all the way down to 6,145 feet above sea level by the time it empties into Lake Wenatchee.

A Waterfall!

Little Wenatchee Falls is a section of the river where it drops over a series of cascades that add up to a 60 foot fall.