Five Fun Facts About Rocky Reach Dam In Washington State

Rocky Reach Dam

Rocky Reach Dam sits just a few miles north of Wenatchee on the Columbia River. It’s a vital part of the hydroelectric dam network in the region. If you’re traveling through the area, stop there and enjoy the viewpoints, park, playground, and museum.

Here are five fun facts about Rocky Reach Dam.

From A Distance…

Rocky Reach Dam sits 215 river miles south of the Canadian border and 473 river miles above the mouth of the Columbia River where it meets the Pacific Ocean.

Location, Location, Location

After the original survey work had been done, the original planned site of what would become Rocky Reach Dam was actually approximately one mile upriver of where the dam was eventually built.


Construction began on the Rocky Reach Dam project on October 2, 1956. Famous people who share October 2nd as their birthday with Rocky Reach Dam include Mahatma Gandhi, comedian Groucho Marx, comedian Bud Abbott, lawyer Johnnie Cochran, singer Don McLean, fashion designer Donna Karan, singer Sting, quarterback Mark Rypien, and talk show host Kelly Ripa.

Rocky Reach Dam… A TV Star

Rocky Reach Dam was featured in a 2009 episode of Dirty Jobs, hosted by Mike Rowe.

A New Lake

When water started backing up behind Rocky Reach Dam it formed a new reservoir known as Lake Entiat.

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