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Saturday, July 9, 2011

WENATCHEE RIVER COUNTY PARK, MONITOR, WA (ADJACENT TO WENATCHEE).

Site 42 WRCPOur Opinion: Recommend, if you want close proximity to Wenatchee.
Date of Stay: July 7-8, 2011
Weather During Stay:  A very hot afternoon when we first arrived dropped a welcome 15 degrees when a cool front blew in that evening.
Site Description:   47 spacious, level sites well suited to large rigs.  Only 3 sites are pull-throughs (and are some of the least appealing sites in the park).  43 sites are FHU (20/30/50 amps); 4 sites are W/E only.  Good voltage, strong water pressure.  All roads are paved, as are the sites.  Most of the sites (40 back-ins) are arranged in circular groups of ten, like spokes on a wheel.  Plenty of space, grass and trees around each of these sites. 
No tents are allowed in this park.  There is a grassy dog run area, and plenty of playground equipment for kids.  Nice day use area adjacent to the campground.
Rate: $29/night for FHU, going up in 2012 to $30, I think.
Shaded broundsPhone/radio/TV: Good Verizon signal for phones and aircard.   We were not able to get a satellite TV signal on our roof-mounted antenna because of the tall trees to our south, but this would not be a problem in some of the sites (those closer to the river).  We tried the air antenna, but only picked up one station, snowy analog.  NPR on 90.3.   
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain:  At 700 ft. elevation, this park is so close to Wenatchee as to be considered urban, unfortunately impacted by noise from heavy traffic on Hwy 2.  It is visually very appealing, with large swathes of well maintained lawn and huge trees to provide welcome shade.  The Wenatchee River flows adjacent to the park.  Our view (from a north facing pull-through) was of the overflow/storage parking lot, a row of trees, and the rushing traffic beyond.  Views from the back-in sites are considerably more appealing.
Lighting/Noise: Night lighting is pleasantly dim.  Highway noise is noticeable until quite late.  Trains pass on the other side of the river occasionally. 

Long sites
Favorite Sites: We had site 42, one of the three north facing, less appealing, pull-through sites.  If we had a choice (too late, by the time we called for a reservation - highly recommended, by the way), we would reserve one of the sites closest to the river in camp area A, B, or C: 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, or 24.  Camp area D is less appealing than A-C.

Hiking/Walking:  No trails from the park that we found, but there are a lot of recreational opportunities in Wenatchee, including a long, paved Riverwalk.
Comments: This county park was quite attractive, and very convenient for the errands we wanted to run in the urban area.  It was full while we were there, and apparently usually is in spring, summer, and fall.  It seemed to be very well maintained and managed; our stay was pleasant.  If we were planning to stay in the area longer for sightseeing (plenty to do here), we would be likely to try for a site at one of the nearby state parks, hoping to escape the traffic noise.

1 comment:

Peter Pazucha said...

I'm pretty sure you've got this one mis-categorized. I know there is a wenatchee WA, but am pretty sure there is no Wenatchee WI.


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