Easier year-round paddling. No more worrying about fluctuating river levels.
That was the buzz on July 8, 2006, when the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club dedicated a new 60-foot-by-8-foot dock in the Columbia River adjacent to the club's wooden boathouse. The sleek new fish-friendly dock, which replaced an old 10-foot-by-10-foot structure, has been a favorite of members and nonmembers alike since.
The dock is only about 5 inches above the water surface for ease of sliding boats off of it into the water. It was constructed partly to accommodate the eight-person shells. Motorized boats are not allowed to use it.
When the dock was designed, the club purposely decided to put it in a deeper location so occasional low water levels would not leave it high and dry in the mud.
It cost $120,000 in 2005 dollars to design and construct. A $50,000 grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program was a key part in seeing the project to fruition. The club raised the rest itself. In addition, Chipman Construction and Erlandsen & Associates Inc. donated materials, services and labor.