Priest Rapids Recreation Area in Desert Aire offers new amenities just in time for summer
Desert Aire, Wash. – Significant improvements to one of the most popular recreation sites along the Columbia River are now complete at the Priest Rapids Recreation Area in Desert Aire, Wash. The site opens to the public this Friday, May 24.
New docks, expanded parking areas, swimming, hiking trails and boat launch are a few of many new improvements to the Priest Rapids Recreation Area. These changes to the 100-plus-acre-site come after months of work. Camping reservations as well as a complete listing of amenities can be found by clicking the “campground reservations” link on the homepage of grantpud.org.
These improvements stem from Grant PUD’s federal license requirements to protect and enhance the scenic quality of specific recreation destinations along the Columbia River near Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams.
“While improvements like these are a federal requirement, they also have a direct benefit to the communities we serve. Generating clean hydroelectric energy is more than turbines and generators; it also involves caring for the environment from which we benefit,” said Grant PUD Commission President Terry Brewer.
Members of the community are invited to a grand-opening celebration near the Priest Rapids Recreation Area campground on June 15 at 1 p.m. to experience the changes firsthand. The ceremony includes guest appearances by Grant PUD Commissioners and other local dignitaries.