The Douglas County PUD strives to provide and maintain high quality recreational facilities for use by both residents of and visitors to the area of the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Here at Douglas PUD, we are committed to preserving the natural beauty of the Columbia River. As part of our Federal Energy Regulation Commission license for the Wells Project, Douglas PUD files a Recreation Action Plan every five years, assessing changes in recreational needs for the area influenced by the Wells Project.
Located in an agricultural valley surrounded by scenic shrub-steppe desert, the surrounding area offers many different types of recreational activities. Increased demand has resulted in improvements and additions to various waterfront parks in the towns of Bridgeport, Brewster and Pateros, as well as the Wells Dam Overlook and other accessible areas on the Wells Dam reservoir.
Scroll down to find the park or recreation access area nearest you.
Douglas PUD has helped fund and develop Marina Park adjacent to Wells Project
lands and waters in the City of Bridgeport. This park includes a covered picnic
shelter, gazebo, playground equipment, swimming beach, lawn area, restrooms,
vehicle parking, a fish cleaning station, asphalt pathway, two boat launches,
two boat docks and a RV campground. The campground is staffed by an on-site park host. Amenities include 18 full hook-up RV sites plus two tent pads. It is convenient to downtown Bridgeport. Reservations may be made by telephone at (509) 686-4747 or at (509) 686-4041 (non peak season).
City of Bridgeport Agreement
Chamber of Commerce information number: (509) 686-4101
Douglas PUD has helped fund and develop the existing park and recreation
facilities adjacent to Wells Project lands and waters in the City of Brewster.
These facilities include Columbia Cove Park and a developed waterfront trail.
Columbia Cove Park includes a boat launch, boat docks, three covered picnic
shelters, restroom facilities, playground equipment, swimming beach, lawn area,
vehicle parking and a basketball court. The park is located adjacent to a city
pool and RV campground. The trail is located north of the park and extends
approximately ½ mile along the Brewster waterfront.
City of Brewster Agreement
Events: 4th of July Celebration, Parade, concessions and fireworks
Chamber of Commerce information number: (509) 689-3589
Douglas PUD has helped fund and develop the existing parks and recreation
facilities adjacent to Wells Project lands and waters in the City of Pateros.
These facilities include Peninsula Park, Memorial Park, tennis courts, two
separate concrete boat launches, parking, a fish cleaning station and
Peninsula Park is located near the confluence of the Methow and Columbia
rivers. It includes a gazebo, paved walking path, covered picnic shelter,
swimming beach, restroom facilities, playground equipment, lagoon and lawn area.
Memorial Park is located in Pateros along the Columbia River. It includes
three covered picnic shelters, fishing and ski docks, vehicle parking,
interpretive displays, restroom facilities, a fish cleaning station and a
developed waterfront trail. The waterfront trail extends along the waterfront
from the concrete boat launch underneath the Highway 97 Bridge through Memorial
Park to the Pateros City Hall. A second boat launch is located just upstream of
Memorial Park on the mainstem Columbia River.
City of Pateros Agreement
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Chamber of Commerce information: (509) 923-2571
For more information please visit http://www.pateros.com/
Wells Dam Overlook
This tree filled park, overlooking the Wells Hydroelectric Project, has a turbine runner from Wells Dam on display, an interpretive area, a petroglyph display, picnic shelter, geocache and, what a relief, restrooms.