Relax, play, and explore
We have recreation sites with grassy areas, great beaches, walking and biking trails, and play equipment for a fun family afternoon. Want to camp overnight? Our campgrounds offer both park-like settings and rustic, back-to-nature surroundings. We have several boat launches up and down the river where you can launch your watercraft for free. We also have two great centers for education - the Grant PUD Visitors Center and the Wanapum Heritage Center. Click here for printable recreation-site map.
Wanapum Dam Turbine Park
This picnic area has shaded tables and an irrigated lawn. The Wanapum Dam and fish bypass can be viewed from this location. Recent upgrades included: additional picnic tables, interpretive signage/kiosks and trail, restroom, turbine interpretive elements, improvements to access road and parking area.
Crescent Bar Recreation Area
The Crescent Bar Recreation Area features two boat launches one on Crescent Bar Island at Riverbend Park and one off the island at Chinook Park. There are also 55 reserved RV campsites, playground equipment, picnic shelters, a walking path and nine-hole golf course all open to the public.
Make campsite or picnic shelter reservations and more by visiting the Crescent Bar Recreation Area page.
Grant PUD Visitors Center
The Grant PUD Visitors Center is located near Wanapum Dam about seven miles south of Vantage off Highway 243. The center has many interactive features with free family fun and learning about how Grant PUD operates its dams on the Columbia River, as well as information about the region and its history. Free admission. Hours are M-F from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information or to arrange for a larg-group visit, please call our Grant PUD Visitors Center number at (509) 793-1501.
This picnic area has shaded tables and an irrigated lawn. The Wanapum Dam and fish bypass can be viewed from this location.
Wanapum Heritage Center
The Wanapum Heritage Center offers a look at the culture and values of the Wanapum band of Native Americans of Priest Rapids. The center includes artifacts, displays, information and presentations depicting the heritage of the Wanapum. Admission is free. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Jackson Creek Fish Camp
This popular site provides camping and fishing opportunities along the Columbia River with shoreline access, two single-vault toilets and 10 campsites accessible by vehicle (2 are ADA accessible). The campground is operated on a first-come, first-served basis with a nightly fee of $10.
Priest Rapids Recreation Area
This area is located near the community of Desert Aire. Opportunities for camping and day-use activities include: 3-lane boat lauch with ADA boarding floats, 3.1-mile shoreline trail, picnic area, vault toilets, interpretive signage, swimming area, and sandy beaches. The camping fee is $15 per night.
Buckshot Recreation & Wildlife Area
This area is managed in cooperation with WDFW. A small boat launch accesses the Priest Rapids Pool. There is an ADA hunting blind, two mile gravel trail, single vault toilet. Dispersed camping is limited to three consecutive days. Discover Pass is required.
Sand Hollow Recreation Area
Amenities include day-use picnic area, 10 primitive walk-in camping sites, 30 semi-primitive vehicle access camping sites, gravel access roads, double vault toilets (four), parking area, kiosk/signage, swimming beach area with barrier protection, vegetation enhancement and protection. The camping fee is $15 a night.