Entiat has had two modern histories — that which occurred before Rocky Reach Dam was constructed on the Columbia River from 1956-61 and that which has occurred since then. The dam construction led to the flooding of the town’s original commercial district. Today, Entiat is moving toward a more vibrant future with completion of a large Columbia River park addition, trail, boat launch and other improvements — all thanks to the vision of residents who were determined to improve the waterfront area. Located along Highway 97A, about half-way between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan, Entiat has long promoted itself as a gateway to outdoor recreation in the Entiat Valley and beyond. Besides waterfront development, Entiat has witnessed major school upgrades and construction of a new fire station in recent years. The largest employer is US Aluminum Castings, a foundry that includes Paccar among its customers. Entiat residents also enjoy close proximity to employment and shopping in the Wenatchee metropolitan area, 18 miles away
Community Strengths, Amenities, Highlights
Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Entiat rivers; low rate of crime; warm climate with low humidity seven months of the year; Entiat Museum features historical items from the logging and fruit industries; Earthquake Point, just to the north of town, is where a massive slide caused by a major earthquake in 1872 dammed the Columbia River for several hours
What Makes this Community Stand Out
Lake Entiat, the name of the body of water behind Rocky Reach Dam on the Columbia River
Outdoor Recreation Activities
Boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, running, walking, mountain biking, road cycling, snowmobiling, off-road motor biking, birding, fishing, hunting.