Water in the Columbia River and Lake Chelan is running cold and fast this time of year, which makes it even more important to stay out of the water unless you’re at a designated swim beach in Chelan County PUD parks.
There are swim beaches in 11 of the 14 parks built by Chelan County PUD. (Eight of the parks are operated by other agencies.)
Water levels can change rapidly as melting snow runs into the lake and river and increases flows. Water temperatures are in the low 50s at this time of year.
In the Chelan area, there are swim beaches at Manson Bay, Chelan Falls, Powerhouse and Beebe Bridge parks. There are also swim beaches along the Columbia at Orondo River, Entiat, Walla Walla Point and Kirby Billingsley Hydro parks. Daroga, Lincoln Rock and Wenatchee Confluence state parks have marked swimming areas as well. (A state Discovery Pass is required at the state parks.)
Visitors can check the details on features in each park on the PUD website under “Parks and Recreation.”
Boaters are also reminded to be on the lookout for debris and rocks at all times on the Columbia River and Lake Chelan and to stay outside security buoys above and below the dams.
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