Category Archives: Recreation

Grant PUD offers free, outdoor recreation opportunities along the Columbia

New boat launch at Crescent Bar, with limited parking, opens May 26 EPHRATA, Wash. – Local residents and visitors will have a number of outdoor opportunities along the Columbia River this summer recreation season. Grant PUD operates 19 recreation sites … Continue reading

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Temporary Columbia River closures planned above Vernita Bridge for Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4

A portion of the Columbia River above Vernita Bridge will be temporarily closed to boating traffic on Sept. 28 and 29 and Oct. 3 and 4 while a contractor for Grant PUD performs maintenance to power lines that cross over … Continue reading

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Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9

Grant PUD to hold open house at Crescent Bar on Sept. 9 Crescent Bar’s past, present and future will be celebrated during a special public open house on Friday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Crescent Bar Island … Continue reading

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New Grant PUD visitor center to open Dec. 1

Grand opening for facility, located near Wanapum Dam, is Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. BEVERLY, Wash. — The grand opening for The Power of the Columbia River, Grant PUD’s new visitor center is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Following … Continue reading

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I got caught…wearing my life jacket

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD is working to promote child safety on the Columbia River this recreational season. In an attempt to prevent accidents on the water, Grant PUD is providing Grant and Kittitas County marine patrols with “I Got Caught … Continue reading

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Grant PUD approves settlement to end Crescent Bar legal dispute

Commissioners vote to approve final settlement agreement with leaseholders EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD commissioners voted Tuesday, July 28 during their regular meeting to approve a final settlement document that will end a legal dispute with Crescent Bar leaseholders. Defendants Grant … Continue reading

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Grant PUD ready for summer recreation on Wanapum Reservoir

Renovation work on boat launches and camp sites complete EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD has completed several renovation projects to enhance public recreation on the Wanapum Reservoir. The work includes extending boat launches, improving campsites, enhancing day-use facilities, and increasing amenities … Continue reading

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Grant PUD Commissioners approve Crescent Bar settlement

Public asked to provide comment on public recreation plans for Crescent Bar Island. EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD’s Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday, April 14 to approve an agreement that would settle a federal lawsuit with Crescent Bar Island residents. Under … Continue reading

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Grant PUD and Crescent Bar residents reviewing terms of proposed settlement

EPHRATA, Wash.— Grant PUD Commissioners and Crescent Bar Island residents are reviewing the terms of a proposed settlement agreement in relation to their ongoing federal lawsuit. Pending approval of the agreement by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, the residents … Continue reading

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Wanapum Reservoir to reopen at noon on Jan. 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2015 Wanapum Reservoir to reopen at noon on Jan. 7 Public access restored to most areas of the shoreline EPHRATA, Wash.— After Grant PUD raised the Wanapum reservoir by 17 feet in December, the utility, … Continue reading

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July 14, 2014 – Grant PUD plans to begin dredging project at Crescent Bar

EPHRATA, Wash.— Work to improve boat navigation near Crescent Bar is expected to begin next month, according to an agreement reached between Grant PUD and Crescent Bar Inc. Under the agreement, Grant PUD will remove about 45,000 cubic yards of … Continue reading

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06/24/14 Work continues on Wanapum Dam spillway

Crews work around the clock on Wanapum Dam spillway Grant PUD and its contractors continue work on the 800-foot-long Wanapum Dam spillway to prepare for final reinforcing repairs. Various types of drilling are underway as crews prepare for repairs once … Continue reading

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May 6, 2014 – Wanapum Reservoir will remain closed during Memorial Day weekend

Wanapum Reservoir will remain closed during Memorial Day weekend EPHRATA, Wash. – With Memorial Day weekend drawing near, Grant PUD and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) remind those planning to recreate on the Columbia River that the … Continue reading

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Commissioners take steps toward improving public access to recreation areas

New standards and guidelines steer process for implementing change EPHRATA, Wash. – Following months of discussions and planning, Grant PUD Commissioners approved a resolution which establishes a framework for enhancing public access and use of Grant PUD properties along the … Continue reading

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River fluctuations near Wanapum Dam Nov. 30- Dec. 5

Boaters and fisherman near Wanapum dam need to be aware of fluctuating river elevations from Nov. 30 – Dec. 5. River elevations will be lowered by as much as six feet during this time, presenting potentially volatile water conditions or … Continue reading

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Popular Columbia River recreation destination reopens to public

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 … Continue reading

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Feds approve Grant PUD’s Shoreline Management Plan

Grant PUD received good news from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on April 18. FERC approved the utility’s plan to protect the shorelines of Priest Rapids and Wanapum dam reservoirs and supports the PUD’s plan to transition Crescent Bar … Continue reading

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Archaeology Days draws more than 600

More than 600 people attended the two-day Archaeology Days event hosted by Grant PUD and the Wanapum Heritage Center last Wednesday and Thursday. The adult day featured several presentions, including: The new Wanapum Heritage Center. Priest Rapids Project Archeology. Priest Rapids … Continue reading

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Grant PUD photo contest winner: 14-year-old from Soap Lake

August 7, 2012  EPHRATA, Wash. – Shawnee Moats, 14, of Soap Lake, Wash. is the ultimate Columbia River Nomad based on the results of a recent Grant PUD Facebook photo contest. Her image of the Columbia River Basin from the … Continue reading

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Are you a River Nomad?

EPHRATA, Wash. – Summer recreation season is heating up and Grant PUD wants to cool things off with the first annual River Nomad Photo Contest. The contest extends from July 1-31, and allows Columbia River recreators to submit their images … Continue reading

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The Cove Opens for Day Use in 2012

Families are able to enjoy the Columbia River in more ways this summer thanks to a joint agreement between Grant County Public Utility District (Grant PUD) and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. This agreement paves the way for the … Continue reading

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Northern Pikeminnow Fishing Derby

Gather your friends and family together and help remove predator fish from the Columbia River during the 2nd Annual Northern Pikeminnow Fishing Derby. Scheduled for May 18-20 at Crescent Bar, top prizes include two fishing boats and $9,000 cash for … Continue reading

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Lands and recreation crew in full-swing as summer heats up

As summer heats up, scores of recreators begin descending upon Grant County, camping, boating and attending the world-famous Gorge Amphitheatre. Grant PUD’s Lands and Recreation Crew (LRC) will also be seen along the 58-mile stretch of the Columbia River, known as the Priest Rapids Project. Continue reading

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