News Release 12-091
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Sandy Mealing, (360) 902-8559
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
Wenatchee Confluence day-use area closed
to accommodate crews battling area wildfires
Other area state parks – and Confluence campground – remain open
Sept. 12, 2012 –
The day-use area of Wenatchee Confluence State Park is closed in order to accommodate fire crews battling Wenatchee-area wildfires.
Even though the greater Wenatchee area is smoky, all area state parks, including the campground portion of Wenatchee Confluence, remain open to visitors. Other parks in the greater area include Lake Wenatchee, Peshastin Pinnacles, Daroga, Lincoln Rock, Lake Chelan, 25-Mile Creek, Alta Lake and Bridgeport state parks. Visitors with severe allergies, lung, heart or other medical issues are urged to stay indoors and should reconsider their travel to this area. Overnight visitors who need to cancel or change their reservations due to the wildfires may call the reservation helpline at (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
The day-use area at Wenatchee Confluence is often used to accommodate fire crews during the summer fire season, because it has a large open space and provides close access to surrounding areas where wildfires historically have occurred.
Dozens of lightning-caused wildfires are burning on thousands of acres in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The unit fighting the fires is Pacific Northwest Team 3, made up of personnel from federal, state and local agencies. For regular updates about the wildfires, visit www.inciweb.org/state/49/.
Wenatchee Confluence State Park is a 197-acre year-round camping park at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers located in Chelan County. Situated at the edge of town, the park has two personalities. The North Confluence is urban and recreational, while the South Confluence is a wetland natural area.
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The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 99-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
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