ENTIAT- DAY TRIP OFF THE BEATEN PATH
When I think about getting outdoors for the day or a weekend, Entiat is one of my top spots for a fun and adventurous day trip or camping weekend with my family. We’ve been enjoying Entiat valley for 20+ years, camping, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, picnics, and scenic drives to name a few fun things we’ve done. Entiat is easy to access for a day trip from Wenatchee, Chelan and Leavenworth. It’s only a short 20 minute drive from Wenatchee or Chelan and 40 minutes if your driving up to Silver Falls.
In this post I’ve used Oly Mingo Photography to tell this visual story of my favorite things about Entiat (except where noted otherwise). Oly lives in the area and has captured the beauty of Entiat’s outdoor recreation so well. You can see his extensive photography and cinematography portfolio here.
ENTIAT DAY TRIP ON THE WATER:
Camping, swimming, boating, SAND BAR, and picnics on the Columbia River.
PLAY AT ENTIAT CITY PARK
camping (26 tent sites and 31 RV sites with complete hookups)
RV dump station
two-lane boat launch
two picnic shelters
Whether you visiting for the day or camping at the newly renovated Entiat City Park, you’ll find it full of new amenities and beautifully landscaped. From the shores of this park you can camp, swim, boat, kayak, enjoy the playground and take walks. Remember to bring your chair/umbrella/sunscreen and snacks for your day trips!
The Entiat City Park (the only city created and owned by the Chelan County PUD but run by the city of Entiat) offers full-service RV sites, a fire pit at every campsite, picnic shelters, comfort stations with showers, a dual boat launch, playground, swimming area and a waterfront trail that connects to the City of Entiat's new trail to the north. The trail also goes south and under the Entiat River bridge to a natural area where visitors can view waterfowl and spawning areas.
SPEND AN HOUR KAYAKING
Bring your kayak and cruise around the mouth of Entiat River just before it reaches the Columbia. You can view the famous Numeral Mountain, a senior tradition since 1920 of painting their graduation year on the mountain face. This mountain can also be seen as your cruising thru Entiat on Route 97.
FLOAT YOUR BOAT AND PLAY ON THE SAND BAR
Bring your boat for a day or weekend on the river. Where the Columbia River and Entiat River meet is a sand bar popular for boaters and beach loungers to congregate and play all day.
Celebrate Entiat 75th Anniversary, June 15th
Entiat celebrates 75 years as an incorporated city. This family friendly, free event will be the largest event Entiat has hosted to date. Here are some of the fun things you can expect to do:
Pancake Breakfast put on by the Entiat Firemen's Association
Wenatchee Youth Circus Season Opener Performance
Kid Activities, Inflatables, Face Painting
Classic Car & Bike Show
Presentation of 2019 Photo Contest Winners
Humane Society “Pup” CAKE Walk
Evening Concert in the Park
Announcement of current City Projects
ENTIAT DAY TRIP TO THE MOUNTAINS:
Scenic Drives, Waterfalls, Camping, Hiking, and Picnics.
TAKE A FAMILY FRIENDLY HIKE AROUND SILVER FALLS
For another Entait day trip idea, drive 30 miles up the Entiat River valley on county road 19 off state route 97 for a scenic drive to the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest. At an elevation of 2400 feet, the Ponderosa Pines tower over you, waterfalls cascade down the mountain sides, open meadows with colorful wildflowers greet you, and rushing rivers meander down the valley floor. It makes for a wonderful day outdoors! There are miles and miles of Forest Service roads and trails up the Entiat that will take you to other beautiful spots for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, dirt bike riding, horeseback riding, etc.
Hike Silver Falls, picnic along the Entiat River at Fox Creek Campground, cool your feet off in the water, and checkout the viewpoint at Box Canyon.
Silver Falls is a yearly hike for us. The 1.7 mile roundtrip trail is easy enough for the whole family, but littles may get tired of course. I’ve seen plenty of people hike this trail in flip flops, but I’d recommend a pair of sneakers. When you get to the top, you can cool your feet off in the cold creek water and pull out a snack. But make sure you pack your trash out!
CAMP IN THE MOUNTAINS
If you like camping in the mountains, there is awesome camping at Fox Creek, Cottonwood, Silver Falls and Pine Flats. Spacious campsites, beautiful setting among the trees and rushing creeks. You may see a wide range of wildlife habitat; mule deer, moose, bald and golden eagles and a variety of woodpeckers and owls.
Enjoy your day trip to Entiat!
DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT ENTIAT?
*Entiat was first settled by the Columbia River Chinook Indian tribe in the 1800s. Entiat was originally named by the tribe as “Enteatqua” which means “Rapid Water.” In 1896, Chief Silico Saska sold the town site of Entiat.
*The town of Entiat has been destroyed two times. In 1913, fire destroyed the existing town of Entiat. And in 1950’s, with the construction of Rocky Reach Dam, the water level rose to flood the second town site.
*Entiat became an incorporated town in 1944! This year they celebrate their 75th Anniversary of Incorporation, on June 15th.
VISIT ENTIAT MUSEUM
The Entiat Museum resides in a home built in 1895, and is one of the two remaining buildings after the catastrophic flood in the 1950s when Rocky Reach Dam was constructed. The museum site was dedicated in July, 1979 and displays historical items of the logging and fruit industries of the early years.
Viewing every Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends at 10:00 a.m
However, all content and recommendations on this particular post are the sole creation and opinion of Lisa Traum of Livingncw.
All photos in this post (except 3 as noted) are Oly Mingo Photography