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The Wenatchee Valley is one of the country’s most diverse natural playgrounds – and it’s open year-round. With over 300 days of sunshine and four distinct seasons, our sports and recreational venues are abundant. You have direct access to a variety of sports and recreational opportunities that match virtually any person’s interest, fitness level, and flair for adventure or technical skills. Begin the day skiing on Mission Ridge; by four o’clock you’re trying to avoid sand traps at one of many area golf courses. Go fishing the next morning along the mighty Columbia River, then take your mountain bike off road in the mountains of the Wenatchee Valley. This place will amaze you.
The course at Gamble Sands invites aggressive attacking play with 115 acres of total grassing and is visually stunning, yet not intimidating. No materials were imported to build the golf course. It is all native, with no drainage and an obvious absence of anything but great golf. As Gamble Sands designer David McLay Kidd said ‘this is sneaky good”. Recently named the “Best New Course” in America by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Enjoy!
We’ll take care of you, so you can take care of the canyons. At Highlander Golf Course, Eastern Washington’s premier public course, take time away on our new innovative cliff side holes. Take in breathtaking sun-filled vistas all on a challenging par 70 course perched high above the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Then relax, refresh in style on our cliff side veranda for drinks and dining. NEW cliff side canyon holes! NEW water features! NEW white sand bunkers! NEW trees by the hundreds! Open to the public. Book online today,highlanderGC.com (all greens fees include cart).
Kahler Glen Golf and Ski Resort in Leavenworth
Enjoy our beautiful and truly unique mountain golf and cross country ski resort. conveniently located between the Bavarian town of Leavenworth. Washington and Stevens Pass Ski Resort.
Kahler Glen has several kilometers of privately groomed cross country ski trails. Our trails also connect to the Lake Wenatchee trail system for a total of over 30 kilometers.
We are located just 25 minutes from Steven’s Pass and about an hour from Mission Ridge. Kahler Glen does rent out condos and you can literally ski right out your back door.
Since the mid-1990’s LWSC has experienced most of its growth and success in the establishment of world class Nordic skiing. We currently maintain 26km of trails at 4 locations in the valley – the Icicle River Trails, Golf Course Trails, Waterfront Trails and the Ski Hill.
In 2003 and 2004 we completed the construction of a new Nordic Jumping Facility at the Ski Hill, a 3km Nordic Trail expansion at the Ski Hill and purchased a new Bombardier 180 xc grooming machine.
We currently employ over 45 seasonal employees but are completely reliant and grateful for the many hours of volunteer time it takes to operate the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club during the year. Visit Leavenworth Ski Heritage to learn more about the rich ski history of Leavenworth.
As the sun pushes back the clouds, the adventure begins at Mission Ridge, in the heart of Washington State where the jagged peaks of the Cascade Range meet the high rugged desert of Eastern Washington. Operating on 2,000 acres and offering 2,250 vertical feet and the highest base area in the state the parking lot is a short 12 miles drive south of Wenatchee. A volcanic past has created a ridge where – peaks shimmer on one side and the Columbia River rolls majestically through Eastern Washington on the other. But don’t let the view distract you; Mission Ridge has over 2000 acres to explore. Carve tree lined groomers, float through wide-open bowls, wiggle through glades, or scream down narrow chutes. Experience the difference – the sunshine, the powder, the food and the fun – the memories last a lifetime.
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The hills and valleys of our area are brimming with fun winter activities. From groomed Nordic trails and tubing around Leavenworth to snowshoeing or snowmobiling and cross country skiing on wooded forest roads to backcountry skiing or ice climbing among epic peaks, there are adventures for all skill levels within just a few minutes of the city.
Nearly a mile of pathways and stairways hewn from native stone wind through this magnificent alpine oasis perched high on a bluff north of Wenatchee. Reflecting pools, waterfalls and even a wishing well bubble through what is recognized as one of the Northwest’s premier public gardens. A photographer’s paradise, a gardener’s delight, or simply a place to relax in lush surroundings, Ohme Gardens is a Northwest treasure. The gardens are open from April 15th to October 15th.
Located in Central Washington four miles from Wenatchee, overlooking the Columbia River to the East, and bordered by the Cascade Mountains to the West. Men’s Course Rating 66.1 Slope 113. Ladies Course Rating 68.4 Slope 120
Three Lakes Golf Club is dedicated to serving our members and guests by providing an affordable, rewarding, high quality golf experience
The Wenatchee Golf & Country Club is located in the heart of the beautiful Wenatchee Valley. Established in 1923, the Club boasts one of the states top courses which has played host to many USGA and PNGA events over the years.
From the manicured fairways through the clubhouse and pool, the staff at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club focuses on creating a first rate experience catering to the needs of our members and their guests.
The Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club, is a non-profit, members-owned recreational facility in operation since 1961. The club offers the valley’s only full service facility with a multitude programs for all ages and skills on over 8 acres of facilities, including 9 outdoor and 4 indoor tennis courts, 3 racquetball courts, 1 squash court, an outdoor swimming pool, cycle and yoga studios, basketball court and weight room. The club is truly a place for the whole family to spend time together as part of their fit and healthy lifestyle.
Wenatchee Valley Area Parks
Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail is managed by six different government agencies: The City of East Wenatchee, Douglas County Transportation and Land Services, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Parks and the City of Wenatchee. The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail traverses more than 13 miles of Columbia River shore lands.
Centennial Park – 130 South Wenatchee Avenue. Centennial Park was acquired in 1992. The 1 acre park has a stage, benches, and restrooms.
Chase Park – 145 South Delaware Street. Mable Chase donated her property for the .52 acre park in 1909. It has a picnic area and play equipment.
Community Center – 504 South Chelan Avenue. The Community Center provides a variety of services, programs, and rental facilities.
Eastmont Community Park – Corner of N. Georgia Ave. and Grant Rd in East Wenatchee, WA and houses the Eastmont Metropolitan Parks and Recreation Office. This 26 acre park features Eastmont YMCA Aquatic Center, a sports field, a four-diamond baseball park, 4 picnic shelters, a horseshoe pit, a walking trail, a children’s playground, basketball and tennis courts, 3 restroom facilities, the Eastmont Radio Car Racetrack and the Timmy St. Vincent Memorial.
Kenroy Park – 700 N. James Ave East Wenatchee features two picnic shelters, a playground and the “Skateboard Park”.
Lincoln Park – 1410 Mission Street. Lincoln Park was acquired in 1958. The 22 acre park features: Athletic fields, picnic shelter, children’s play equipment, and a stage.
Locomotive Park – 1100 South Wenatchee Avenue. The 15 acre park was acquired by the city in 1951. It features a historical locomotive display.
Memorial Park – 2 South Chelan Avenue. Memorial Park was acquired in 1892, 1922, and 1929. The 3.8 acre park contains historical displays and a fountain.
Kiwanis Methow Park – 420 Methow Street. The park is 1.26 acres and features: A wading pool, picnic shelter, barbeque, play equipment, U-6 soccer field, and basketball court.
Pangborn-Herndon Memorial Park – located at 2326 Grand Ave in East Wenatchee, WA. overlooks the Columbia River, the East Wenatchee and Wenatchee Valleys, giving visitors a panoramic view which is a perfect location for area photographs. This park is used primarily as a vista view point by tourists and photographers – benches and a drinking fountain are available.
Pennsylvania Park – 219 Pennsylvania Avenue. The park was acquired in 1924. It is 1.02 acre park that features a multi-use field, wading pool, and play equipment.
Pioneer Park – 220 Fuller Street. Pioneer Park was acquired in 1908 and 1919. The 7 acre park features a skate park, picnic area, play equipment, outdoor 50 meter swimming pool.
Rainbow Park – 1411 North Wenatchee Avenue. Rainbow Park was acquired in 1999. It is a small grassy area adjacent to Wenatchee Avenue near Maiden Lane
Rotary Park – 1810 Maple Street. The park was acquired in 1997. The 8 acre park features: disc golf course, basketball court, picnic shelters, walking trail, play equipment, and splash pad.
Saddle Rock – End of Circle Street. The 325 acre natural area was acquired in 2010 from a private donation. It features habitat areas and non-motorized access trails.
Skyline Drive Outlook – 1536 Skyline Drive. The overlook was added to the park system in 2010. It features a panoramic view of Wenatchee Valley.
Tedford Park – 1st Street SE & S. Jarvis Ave in East Wenatchee, WA and features a 9-hole Frisbee golf course, a baseball diamond, lots of shade trees, restroom facilities, and picnic tables. A total of 11 acres.
Washington Park – 110 South Miller Street. Washington Park was acquired ion 1946. The 4.12 acre park features a picnic shelter, wading pool, grassy areas, and play equipment.
Wenatchi Park – 1401 McKittrick Street. Wenatchi Park was acquired in 1992. The 10 acre park is adjacent to Foothills Middle School. It is used primarily for field sports and open play.
Western Hills Park – 900 Westwood Drive. Western Hills Park was acquired in 1992. The 5 acre site is located behind John Newberry Elementary School and features a multi-use field.
Boating on the Columbia River is always a great way to cool off on a hot sunny day. No matter if it’s a classic Chris Craft or a born-to run Bayliner the water is the place to be. Fishing, jet skiing or water skiing are all high on the list of fabulous outdoor adventures.
Convenient in-town boat launches are located throughout the area including those listed below – click to see map and details
Columbia River Boat Rental or 509.264.5673
Riverside Recreation -Jetski & Boat rentals or 509.670-6457
The Wenatchee Valley has several opportunities for Camping and Recreation. Click the links below for camping information.
Paddling on the Columbia River can range from calm protected water in the estuary at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers to the moving water of the Columbia River. Depending on the season and weather you might see deer, eagles, herons, osprey and salmon while paddling.
Note: there is some current from both the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers as well as the potential for swiftly rising water levels from water being discharged upriver at Rocky Reach Dam that could be potentially hazardous to novice paddlers.
iLa Yoga offers guided estuary PaddleBoarding and Yoga SUP (in season)
Arlberg Sports – Stand Up PaddleBoard Rental (easier to call 509.663.7401 for info)
Desert Canyon Golf Resort offers 18 holes of Golf in a unique and beautiful setting. The course is target style with five sets of tees to match a variety of playing abilities. Desert Canyon is a great place to live and play. The golf course requires a resort style dress code and is a soft spike facility. All Desert Canyon Greens Fees include a shared cart and carts are required due to the great distance between holes. The Desert Canyon Pro Shop is well stocked with a variety of clothing, souvenirs, balls, gloves and equipment. Club Rentals are available.
The Eastmont YMCA Aquatic Center (EYAC) is a public facility owned by Eastmont Metropoloitan Parks District (EMPD), operated by the Wenatchee Valley YMCA and available to the general public. All Eastmont YMCA Aquatic Center programs are available to non-members either through a class fee or an admission fee.
The 2.2 million acre Wenatchee National Forest extends about 135 miles along the East Side of the Cascade Mountains. This National Forest is most noted for its wide range of recreational opportunities.
www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee is the most extensive site to help you plan your unforgettable trip to the great outdoors.
WenatcheeOutdoors.org is THE “go to” source for information about our outdoor assets within an hour’s drive of Wenatchee including:
Golf Etc. Wenatchee is here to fit your game. Services that we will offer: Personal club fitting in our state of the art simulator, custom club building, club repairs, re-gripping, retail golf apparel and equipment. We look forward to serving you.
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10am -6pm
Once a pear orchard belonging to the Horan family at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, this 100-acre parcel has been converted into a manmade wetlands preserve. Eagles, Owls, Herons and Kingfishers make this bird-watchers’ paradise. Otters play in the waters visible from several of the 15 viewing stations dotting the two miles of gravel trail winding through cottonwoods and willows.
Discover Pass Required.
Rock Island Golf Course is located just outside East Wenatchee and boasts 18 brand new or revamped holes. Watch out for its signature hole, #13. It’s a dogleg with a huge water hazard. 9 holes over 3,396 yards with a par of 36 (public)
|STATE PARK LOCATIONS|
|Wenatchee Riverfront Park||City of Wenatchee||509-667-4208|
|Walla Walla Point Park (playground equipment)||City of Wenatchee||509-667-4208|
|Wenatchee Confluence State Park||Wenatchee||360-902-8844|
|Confluence Camping Reservations||888-226-7688|
|Turtle Rock Island||1/2 mile upriver from Lincoln Rock State Park||Reserved Site|
|Lincoln Rock State Park||7 miles north of East Wenatchee, Hwy 2||360-902-8844|
|Lincoln Rock Camping Reservations||888-226-7688|
|Orondo River Park||3 miles upriver from Orondo, Hwy 97||509-884-4700|
|Daroga State Park||8 miles upriver from Orondo, Hwy 97||509-664-6380|
|Beebe Bridge Park||21 miles north of Orondo, Hwy 97||509-667-4208|
|Chelan Falls Park||Community of Chelan Falls||509-667-4208|
|Entiat Park||City of Entiat, Hwy 97A||509-784-1500|
|Entiat Camping Reservation||800-736-8428|
|Rock Island Hydro Park||2 miles south of East Wenatchee, Hwy 28||509-667-4208|
|Rocky Reach Dam||7 miles north of Wenatchee, Hwy 97A||509-667-4206|
|Chelan Riverwalk Park||Chelan River, City of Chelan||509-667-4208|
|Manson Bay Park||Downtown Manson||509-687-9635|
|Old Mill Park||2 miles east of Manson||509-687-9635|
The City of Wenatchee’s outdoor swimming pool is open each year from mid-June through August. The 10-lane, 50-meter L-shaped pool includes one three-meter and two one-meter diving boards. The pool offers daily public swims, family swims, swim lessons, diving classes and private rental times. During the summer months, the pool is home to the Barracuda Swim Team. With a wading pool, large deck, and picnic area, this facility is suitable for regional swim meets, private parties or simply lounging in the sun.
The foothills to the west of Wenatchee are a natural treasure, ideal for wildlife viewing and recreation. Chelan~Douglas Land Trust is leading a strong effort to make sure that visitors and local people can enjoy the Wenatchee Foothills far into the future. The focal point of this effort is the Wenatchee Foothills Trail, a path that would link Saddlerock, Castle Rock, and the Sage Hills Trails. Informal trails already exist in these areas, but we are working to develop a formal trail with convenient and attractive parking areas. In recent years, development has threatened or eliminated access to areas in the foothills that local people have enjoyed for decades. We are fortunate to have large areas of public land in the foothills and private landowners who are wiling to let people cross their land. It would be shortsighted to not maintain access to these areas for future generations.
A new Foothills Trail map is now available. Contact the Land Trust at (509) 667-9708 for a full size 11″ x 17″ map, or click here to download a smaller version of the Foothills Trail map.
The Wenatchee Valley YMCA Aquatic Center full-service facility on the corner of Chelan and Orondo; offers cardiovascular, Nautilus, Cybex and free weight fitness areas, a swimming pool, locker rooms, a gym, climbing wall and three racquetball courts. The facility also features a babysitting area and a youth and teen center with a computer lab, fitness arcade and learning enrichment lab.