Entiat’s aging city park is due for a massive upgrade, more than $7 million, thanks to a Chelan PUD grant.
It was the late 1950s when Lake Entiat drowned the old town with the completion of Rocky Reach Dam.
As well as improved camping facilities and boat launch, a new sculpture of Entiat Chief Silico Saska will be dedicated there.
The current park was developed after the lake was formed, but is now at least 50 years old.
Back then the town was sustained by more than tourists and fruit, for it had a first-class lumber mill at Ardenvoir run by the Harris family.
Arden Harris was still active in the business when I joined him and several others on a pack trip to the upper Entiat, Ice Lakes and Larch Lakes in the mid-50s. A whole clan of related families, the Coopers, Lockwoods, Thomasons helped make the valley unique.