Sudden changes in water flows can occur without warning and cause strong surface and underwater currents near the dams. Swimming or boating in these areas is extremely dangerous. For your safety, observe all warning signs and stay back from Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams.
Water released from the dams can create hazardous boating conditions. Sudden water level fluctuations can impact the shoreline. Make sure your boat stays wet and anchor well off shore.
Safety barriers located above both dams are there to keep everyone safe. Do not go beyond the safety barriers under any circumstances. If someone gets in trouble and goes beyond the barriers, call 911 immediately.
Check the weather forecast before starting out. Watch for any wave, wind and cloud changes that signal bad weather is heading your way.
Make sure water and weather conditions are safe before entering the water. Cold water reduces body heat 25 times faster than air at the same temperature. The Columbia River can be cold enough to cause serious harm. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time.
There are no lifeguards on duty at our recreation sites. Please be careful.
The Crescent Bar Recreation Area is currently being renovated. Much of the area, including the off-island boat launch, is closed during construction. It is anticipated that the new boat launch reopen by Memorial Day Weekend 2017, while the campground will reopen in mid June. Please make arrangements to use other boat launches in the Wanapum Reservoir. Thank you for your patience. To learn more click here.