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Wine Country Region
Sacajawea State Park
Sacajawea State Park Sacajawea State Park © Jeanie Drake
Sacajawea State Park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia River April, 2008
Sacajawea State Park Sacajawea Museum © Jeanie Drake
Sacajawea Museum and Interpretive Center, April, 2008
2503 Sacajawea Park Road
Pasco, Washington   99301

Phone: 506-545-2361
Sacajawea State Park is a 284-acre inland waters, day-use park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. It features 9,100 feet of freshwater shoreline. The area is spread out with a big sky and excellent views of the two rivers as they flow together. The Sacajawea Interpretive Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It closes for the season Nov. 1. The center features interactive displays that tell the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the experiences of Sacagawea, the young Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied the expedition. The new exhibits relate what is known about her life before, during and after the Expedition. A river beach and children's playground equipment are additional park features.

Park hours/updates:

The park is open to day use only.

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.Winter: Closed Oct. 29, reopens March 28.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life ? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Marmots? Muskrats? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Ospreys? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Bass? Bluegill? Catfish? Crappie? Salmon? Steelhead? Sturgeon

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life The park's lands are sand dunes interspersed with wetland ponds. The park is on the plain of the great Lake Missoula floods, which swept through the area 12,000 years ago. ? Maple? Oak
History of the Area
The property was deeded to Washington State Parks in 1931. The park is named for Sacajawea, a Shoshone Indian woman who traveled with the Lewis and Clark expedition. The park is located on one of the expedition's campsites, used by Lewis and Clark from October 16 to 18, 1805.

The railroad built the town of Ainsworth in 1879. By 1884, the town was no longer used, and the buildings were moved or destroyed as local construction of the railroad was completed and the crew moved on.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area ? Pay phone? Auto repair? Airport? Boat rental? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Marine supplies? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood? Swimming

A soft drink dispenser is on site. Other services are available within a few miles of the park.
Sacajawea is a day-use park, but does have one Northwest Discovery Water Trail campsite. The water trail campsite is available on a first-come, first-served basis, accommodates eight people and is designed for paddlers traveling down the river. Groups larger than eight people may contact the park at (506) 545-2361 for more information. Overnight moorage is allowed year round, but no restroom facilities are available October through March.
The park has two boat ramps and 200 feet of dock. The boat launch is in a small, protected lagoon.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit may be purchased at the park.

Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.

The park provides 70 feet of moorage.

There also is one Northwest Discovery Water Trail campsite at the park. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis, accommodates eight people and is designed for paddlers traveling down the river. Groups larger than eight people may contact the park at (506) 545-2361 for more information.

Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Daily and annual permits are available. For more information, call (360) 902-8844.

The park offers one kitchen shelter with electricity and a large barbecue grill and one without electricity, plus seven sheltered and 123 unsheltered picnic tables. One of the shelters can accommodate up to 200 people. For information or reservations, call the park office at (509) 545-2361.
Nature Programs
A traditional Wanapum native village has been re-created at Sacajawea State Park, by the Wanapum Band of Native Americans, Grant County PUD and the Wanapum Heritage Center. Guided tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.Wanapum Village information on Grant County PUD web site.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other ? 1.2 mi. Hiking Trails? Boating (freshwater)? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 2 boat ramps (freshwater)? 200 feet of dock (freshwater)? 70 feet of moorage (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Personal Watercraft (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? Water Skiing (freshwater)? Bird Watching? 2 Horseshoe pits? Interpretive Activities? 1 Volleyball Field? Wildlife Viewing

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 8 The Smells of the Tullies by Vicki born in Richland 1953
The smell of the Tulles still give me warm fuzzes from our days of boating in the Columbia and relaxing at the Sacajawea State Park. I was an infant when my parents started taking us out through kindergarten. I am so thankful for those memories that warms my tummy and soul.
September 23 Rich cultural resource by pegbent
This park has been a favorite destination for me since I arrived in the area in 2006. From the eagle tours in the dead of winter to the activities at Heritage Days in September, there is a wide range of events and sights to enjoy here. Nature enthusiasts will find many creatures to view, and the interpretive center and annual events offer insight into the history of the region and the cultural uniqueness of this area.
June 3 i love by Guillermina Ochoa Sanchez
i love that park it was lots of fun and my hole class hade fun to all of my school loved ed and they also loved seeing the animals in the museum park middle school loved Edd so much.

Area Campgrounds
Franklin County RV Park at TRAC
6333 Home Run Road
Pasco, WA
Sandy Heights RV Park
8801 St. Thomas Drive
Pasco, WA

Located five miles southeast of Pasco, Wash., at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers in Franklin County.

From Pasco:Drive east on Hwy. 12 toward Walla Walla. Take a right on Tank Farm Rd. Continue across railroad tracks. The park is at the end of the road.


Washington State Parks