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 opening of The Cove, formerly known as Getty’s Cove, on Huntzinger Road near Vantage, Wash. The Cove is expected to open May 25 and will be open for public access from 8 a.m. to dusk Thursday through Monday including holidays until September. Visitors to the site will be required to display the Discover Pass on their vehicles.

The Cove offers a serene experience that includes shaded lawns and calm, protected waters. Under the new agreement, the site will be available for day use recreation, including picnics and use of the site’s boat launch for hand-carried craft. A Bald Eagle nesting site is also one of the features of the property, which lies along a protected bay on the Columbia River near Wanapum Dam.

 “We are excited to be partnering with Washington State Parks. A Collaboration like this is an excellent way for organizations to work together to provide greater public service during tight budget times,” said Tim Culbertson, general manager for Grant PUD.

For additional information, visit: or For information about interpretive tours at the site, contact Gingko Wanapum State Park at (509) 856-2700.

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