WENATCHEE – The Rocky Reach Dam Visitor Center and park opened for the season on Wednesday. Debbie Gallaher, the Visitor Services Manager, said that last year over 62,000 people came for tours of the facility or enjoyed time at the park.
Visitor Center Opens for Tours
Brandi Gilstrap is entering her second season as a tour guide. She said it takes about a week of training to lead a 45-minute tour through the visitor center and museum but she continues to learn more about the dam all the time from other tour guides and, sometimes, even guests who have done their own research. Gilstrap helped lead over 1,100 tours of the dam last year.
Visitors can stop by for a free tour at any time or they can call ahead to schedule one. In order to go down onto the floor, where hard hats are required, people will need to complete some extra paperwork. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Weddings, Reunions, and Events
Many people schedule events, including weddings and reunions, at the Rocky Reach Park. Gallaher believes the view is what initially leads people to choose the park but because the area is secure and guarded, people can setup for their group the day before and not need to worry about anything being stolen.
One of the all-time favorite stops on the tour for kids and adualts is the fish viewing area. Gallaher says there aren’t many fish running right now but the salmon will start again as the weather warms and by mid-July they will see around 10,000 fish come through the ladders every day.