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Side Trip: Entiat

For a super-scenic drive, just off the byway, head up the Entiat River Road. Traveling toward Chelan from Wenatchee, turn left (west) onto Highway 19 where the Entiat River converges with the Columbia River. Settle in for big valley views and watch for wildlife. Deer are abundant here! The road follows the Entiat River and offers numerous options for picnicking, hiking and snapping photos — just be sure to have a Northwest Forest Permit if you choose to explore (see permit info.)

  • Just 20 minutes from Lake Chelan, 20 minutes from Wenatchee, and 40 minutes from Leavenworth - Entiat is centrally located to Chelan County’s most popular tourism destinations.
  • Bookended between the Columbia River and the Glacier Peak Wilderness area, the Entiat Valley is a literal “gateway to recreation” providing unparalleled access to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. 
  • Lake Entiat and the Entiat Ranger District are a premiere resource for fishing, hunting and ATV access in central Washington.
  • Following a $7million dollar renovation in 2015, the 40 acre Entiat City Park boasts 57 RV and tent sites, providing the only camping and boat launch access along the west shore of Lake Entiat.
  • The Entiat Ranger district hosts 7 premiere campgrounds within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, complete with potable water, bathrooms and picnic tables.
  • (photos by Oly Mingo)
  • Numeral Mountain (a community tradition!)
  • Hiking Silver Falls
  • Box Canyon viewpoint
  • Earthquake Point Historical Marker
  • Floating/swimming the Entiat sandbar
  • Learning about fire ecology at the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center
Mountain Biking, Photo by Oly Mingo
Bird of the Week: Valley Quail
Both valley (California) quail and mountain quail are found in Washington. Valley quail are by far the more abundant of the two and are found in vast numbers on both sides of the Cascades. Last year was a banner year for Quail in Okanogan Country, so you can spot quite a few this winter. Read More >>>>
Bird of the Week: Trumpeter Swan
Over the years Trumpeter Swans have battled extinction due to hunters and feather collectors decimating the population. In the early 20th century swan feathers were often converted into writing quills, and women used swan skin as powder puffs. As recently as the mid-1900's these birds began to make their recovery, thanks to the help of aggressive conservation. Read More >>>>
Eagles Preparing for Winter
Eagles can be found in every region of the Loop, and winter migration can bring hundreds of birds from Alaska to the local river valleys, like the Skagit, Methow, Wenatchee and Columbia. Depending on the year, migration usually begins in December, and the Skagit Valley Eagle Festival runs weekends in January. When snow begins to melt, most of the eagles head back north, but occasionally a pair will build a nest and set up residence – which can be a wonderful opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures. Read More >>>>
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