Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas open for season

Tri-City HeraldMay 26, 2014 

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Camping trailers and tents fill Hood Park in 2011 near Burbank. The park, with 67 sites, is a popular destination located next to the Snake River in Walla Walla County.

TRI-CITY HERALD FILE

Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas near the Tri-Cities in the Walla Walla District have opened for the season.

To reserve a campsite, go to www.recreation.gov.

Ice Harbor Natural Resources Management can be reached at 509-547-2048 or IceHarborParks&Recreation@usace.army.mil.

Parks in the region include:

-- Hood Park Boat Basin -- Open year-round. Facilities: day-use area, vault toilet, fishing and wildlife viewing. Getting there: travel 3 miles south of Pasco on Highway 12, after crossing Snake River bridge, turn west at junction of Highway 124, at Snake River mile 2 on the south bank.

-- Hood Park -- May 16 through Sept. 2. Gates are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Facilities: restrooms, showers, camping, group shelters, playground, swimming beach, day-use, picnicking, fishing, boat ramp, nature trail, fishing and wildlife viewing. The trail and boat ramp are open to the public year-round. Monday through Thursday, outdoor lovers can camp for 50 percent off regular camping fees. All campsites at Hood Park are reservable. Getting there: travel 3 miles south of Pasco on Highway 12, turn east at junction of Highway 124, park is immediately on the left; at Snake River mile 2.5, on the south riverbank of Lake Wallula.

-- Ice Harbor Lock and Dam -- April 1 through Oct. 31. Visitor Center/Fish Viewing Room is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Facilities year-round: day-use, boat ramp on the north shore and Ice Harbor Dam Trailhead for the Columbia Plateau Trail following the old railway on the north shore. Visitor Center is on the south shore, parking is outside the complex and visitors must pass the guard station to enter. Visitors will not be allowed to bring the following items inside the visitor center: backpacks, purses or bags of any sort, including diaper bags, cameras, cellphones and other electronic devices. All adults must carry photo identification and will be required to wear a visitor pass that is easily visible while in the center. There is no visitor access to other areas of the dam. Getting there: travel 5.5 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124, then 2.5 miles north on Monument Drive; at Snake River mile 9.7 on Lake Wallula.

-- Charbonneau Park -- May 16 through Sept. 2. Gates open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Facilities: restrooms, showers, camping, day-use, fishing, swimming beach, playgrounds, picnicking, group shelter, boat ramp and marina. Campsites at Charbonneau Park are reservable. Getting there: travel 8.3 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124, then 2 miles north on Sun Harbor Drive; at Snake River mile 11, on the south riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Levey Park -- May 18 through Sept. 4. Boat ramp access only, open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday and on holidays. No restrooms. Getting there: travel 10.5 miles east of Pasco, on Pasco-Kahlotus Road, then 1 mile south on Levey Road; at Snake River mile 13, on the north riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Big Flat -- Open year-round; no specific hours of operation. Facilities: day-use area, fishing, hiking, hunting, primitive camping sites, wildlife viewing and boat ramp. Getting there: travel 11.1 miles east of Pasco on Pasco-Kahlotus Road, then one-half mile south on Herman Road; at Snake River mile 15, on the north riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Fishhook Park -- May 16 through Sept. 2. Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Facilities: restrooms, showers, swimming beach, camping, picnicking, playground, group shelter, fishing and boat ramp. All campsites at Fishhook Park are reservable. Getting there: travel 18 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124, then 4 miles north on Fishhook Park Road; at Snake River mile 18, on the south riverbank of Lake Sacajawea. The potable water system is showing nitrate levels above 10 milligrams per liter and is not recommended for consumption. Infants, women who are or may become pregnant and others with certain health conditions should not drink the water. It is recommended campers and day-use visitors bring drinking water with them.

-- Lake Emma -- Open year-round. Facilities: day-use area, fishing, primitive camping sites. Getting there: from Pasco-Kahlotus highway West, take Murphy Road for 3 miles, then south on Page Road for 1 mile; at Snake River mile 19, on the north riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Lost Island (Votaw) Habitat Management Unit -- Open year-round. Pedestrian access only. Parking lot located outside fence. Facilities: day-use, hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Getting there: travel 18.5 miles east of Pasco on Pasco-Kahlotus highway, then 3 miles south on McClenny Road and 2 miles south on Votaw Road; at Snake River mile 23, on the north riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Hollebeke Habitat Management Unit -- Open year-round. Pedestrian access only. Parking lot outside fence. Facilities: day-use, hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Getting there: travel 19 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124, then 6 miles north on Rice Road; at Snake River mile 25, on the south riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Walker Habitat Management Unit -- Open year-round. Pedestrian access only. Parking lot outside fence. Facilities: day-use, hunting, fishing, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Getting there: travel 26 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124, then 8.6 miles on Lyons Ferry Road to Clyde, left turn and travel 4 miles northwest on Lower Monumental Road, and 9.2 miles west on Wooden Road; at Snake River Mile 30, on the south riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Snake River Junction Habitat Management Unit -- Open year-round. Facilities: day-use area, fishing, primitive camping sites and Snake River Junction Trailhead for the Columbia Plateau Trail. Getting there: from Pasco-Kahlotus highway, travel 21 miles east of Pasco, turn on Snake River Road follow down to river about 4 miles of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Windust Park -- May 16 to Sept. 2. Facilities: day-use area, boat ramp, fishing, picnicking, playground and primitive camping. No restrooms. Getting there: travel 30 miles northeast of Pasco on Pasco-Kahlotus highway, and 5.2 miles southeast on Burr Canyon Road; at Snake River mile 39, on the north riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

-- Matthews Day-use Area -- Open year-round. Facilities: vault toilet, day-use, boat ramp and fishing. Getting there: travel 26 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124, then 8.6 miles north on Lyons Ferry Road to Clyde take a left turn on Lower Monumental Road and travel 15.2 miles north, then turn left 1 mile before the dam, and go 1 mile east to Matthews; at Snake River mile 41, on the south riverbank of Lake Sacajawea.

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