Tumwater Dam is located in Tumwater Canyon on Highway 2, just a few miles west of the Bavarian destination of Leavenworth . This is a historic dam and is often overlooked because of its size. It’s not only an interesting attractionbthough, it’s also located in a very scenic location.
On my last stop there I became a little focused on the metal life ring holder mounted on the railing at the dam’s viewpoint. It has a very cool look to it, especially with the rapids of the Wenatchee River trailing off behind it. It got me thinking about why it’s there. Yes, to rescue someone. But to rescue someone at that spot someone else has to think it’s a good idea to disregard the posted DANGER signs and instead jump into a cold, mountain, boulder-filled river either right above or right below a concrete dam. Not smart.
Cool contrast with the surrounding scenery though.