Tuesday, September 24, 2019

9/23 Beebe Bridge Park, Chelan, WA

This is a very pleasant campground along the Columbia River in northern Washington state.  It is provided by the Chelan County Public Utility District.  Similarly to the U.S. Corps of Engineering, whenever a dam is built, the utility district in Washington provides and runs a campground to benefit the public.  

The cost per night is usually $30, but the utility district reduces the price to $15 for seniors from Labor Day to the Memorial Day weekend.  And since this place is so nice and located in a very scenic place, it can get packed, even in the off-season.  It is first-come, first-served, but some of the campers said it would be moving to a reservation system, which makes a lot of sense to me because most people who camp don't want to drive a long distance without knowing whether they will have a spot or not.

I ended up along the highway instead of one of the more scenic spots along the river, but I could get a good satellite signal here, even though there was a lot of highway noise.  

You can tell from the next few photos that the roadways and entire campground are in very good condition and well taken care of.  Well maintained roadways and landscaping make it a lot easier to keep a cleaner RV, inside and out.  

 This is a fancier than usual "iron ranger."  You select an empty site and park your rig on it.  Then, you come back here and insert either cash or a credit card for the number of days you choose to stay.  It spits out a long receipt where you enter your site number and information about you and your rig, such as address and license plate number.  You tear it in half, put half in the slot provided and put the other part on your dashboard.

This is the big boat parking area and boat launch.  

And you can see Beebe Bridge in the distance. 

Beebe Bridge looks rusty because it IS rusty!  Having driven over it a couple of times, I can tell you that the rust is natural, not the result of paint.  Basically, it needs some work.

It was windy, so standing on the boat launch platform was a little scary.  

Cloudy today, but a nice view down the river.  


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