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.
Apricot Orchard Boat Launch
This area has a single-lane boat launch, ADA transfer platform, parking area, ADA paths/access, single vault toilet and informational kiosk. Sandy beaches are popular along the shoreline. Waterfowl hunting is a common fall and winter activity.
**Please be Advised** During the week of April 15, railroad crews are planning maintenance work on the railroad crossing at Spanish Castle Road. Work is tentatively scheduled to occur on April 17, 2019. Be advised that while work is being conducted, access to Apricot Orchards Boat Launch will be unavailable.
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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.
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.
Frenchman Coulee Recreation Area
This area is popular for beach goers and fishermen. Amenities include boat launch ramp, ADA boarding float, single vault toilet, picnic tables and one-mile trail.
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 (Oct. - April) and open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week (May - Sept.). For information or to arrange for a large-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.
Huntzinger Boat Launch
This single-lane boat launch has an ADA accessible dock and vault toilets. It provides access to the Priest Rapids reservoir off of Huntzinger Road in Kittitas County.
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
Includes a campground, with 14 dry sites (no water/sewer/electricity), a 3-lane boat launch with docks, a 3.1 mile trail with great views of water front, a couple picnic areas with shelters and barbeques, a swimming beach, a fish cleaning table, interpretation and education signs, irrigated turf in the campground and one of the picnic areas and hand launch sites for paddle sports at both ends of the trail. Much of PRRA is ADA compliant including the boat launch and docks, swimming beach, restrooms, picnic areas and tables, hand launch sites, and the 3.1 mile trail.
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Vantage Boat Launch & Recreation Area
The Vantage Recreation area includes a popular boat launch located on the west side of the Columbia River, alongside Interstate-90. Amenities include: two-lane boat launch, ADA boarding float, picnic tables, restrooms and potable water.
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.
Wanapum Dam Upper Boat Launch
Single-lane launch with ADA boarding float is located above Wanapum Dam. Launch was recently extended and can accommodate large recreational boats.
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.
Things to consider before you go out
River levels can fluctuate without notice, exposing hazards and also leaving beached boats high and dry. You can check river levels at each individual site with a boat launch above.