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Ice Harbor - Lake Sacajawea

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Ice Harbor Lock and Dam is 2,822 feet long and 100 feet high. It is of the concrete gravity type, with an earth-fill embankment section at the north abutment. It has a ten-bay spillway that is 590 feet long, and ten, 50-foot tainter gates. There are two fish ladders for passing migratory fish.

When full, Lake Sacajawea extends northeast 32 miles upstream to Lower Monumental Dam, and has a surface area of 9,200 acres. 


A variety of recreation opportunities such as fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, hunting, hiking and camping are available around Ice Harbor Dam and Lake Sacajawea. Each of these parks has a day-use picnic area.

All sites are first come first served, but please check in with the host volunteer upon arrival. The placement of camping equipment or other items on a site for the purpose of reserving the campsite for future occupancy is strictly prohibited.  

Open fires are prohibited. 

There are 3,576 acres of public lands surrounding Lake Sacajawea. These lands include fee lands that are federally-owned and managed by the Corps, as well as easement lands to which the Corps has specific rights or easements (i.e., flowage or access). There are 3,517.3 acres of Corps-managed lands that are utilized for public recreation purposes, wildlife habitat, wildlife mitigation, and water-connected industrial development. At the present time, no lands are licensed to state or local park agencies. Public boat launching facilities are available at six locations along the shoreline, and there is a marina at Charbonneau Park.
The lock is a single-lift type with clear plan. It has clear dimensions of 86 feet by 675 feet, and a 15-foot minimum depth. CAUTION:

Ice Harbor Dam's forebay restricted area has been relocated which has set further limitations to boater access near the upstream end of the dam. 

For more Navigation information see our page at http://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/.

The Hard Rock Dolphin Mooring Facility consists of six mooring dolphins located one mile upstream from the dam. Because navigation is sometimes limited at the lock, the mooring dolphins are used during inclement weather to tow barges to safety, as well as temporarily moor barges from broken tows. The dolphins were installed in 1973, and three of the original dolphins have been replaced. In 1986, minor repair work was performed on all six dolphins.
The Golden Age and the Golden Access Passports will no longer be issued after 01 January 2007. They are being replaced with the new America the Beautiful Pass program created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, passed by Congress. “More Information...”

Ice Harbor Visitor Center

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Type of Recreation: Multi-media Visitor Center offering a variety of educational opportunities
State: Washington
County: Walla Walla
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, 2763 Monument Dr, Burbank, WA 99323
Highway Directions: 5.5 miles east of Burbank, Washington, on Highway 124, 2.5 miles north on Monument Drive.
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

*** Access, to the Visitor's Center and for powerhouse tours, requires a valid government issued photo I.D. (drivers licence, passport, etc.)***

Interactive Wildlife Display - Interpretive Displays and Programs
Fish Viewing Room
Restrooms
Drinking Water
Soda Machines
Public Phone
Picnic Areas

Five different movies on demand: “The Snake - River of Life”, “Lewis and Clark: Confluence of Time and Courage”, “Ice Age Floods”, “Americas Inland Waterways”, and "Bobber the Water Safety Dog"

Daily, April 1 - October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hospital: 12 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)
Grocery Store: 10 Miles
Motel: 12 Miles
Restaurant: Airport: 15 Miles
Auto Mechanic: 12 Miles
For assistance, or to schedule group tours, call 509-547-2048  Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Fishhook Park

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Type of Recreation: Camping, Day-use, Boating, Fishing & Swimming
State: Washington
County: Walla Walla 
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 18, South River Bank 
Acreage: 46 Acres
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: 18 miles east of Burbank, Washington, on Highway 124, and 4 miles north on Fishhook Park Road.

Reservations:
To make reservations, please visit the National Recreation Reservation Service at www.Recreation.gov or call toll free (877) 444-6777. For customers who are hearing impaired, please call the TDD toll free number at (877) 833-6777. All of the campsites can be reserved. Group shelter can be reserved - if no reservation is posted at the shelter, the shelter becomes a first come first serve facility.

Camping Area:

41 RV/Tent Sites - each site has 50 amp electric, potable water, fire pit/grill & picnic table, 1 full hookup site, 2 handicapped sites,1 primitive shoreline site with no water (#16).

11 Tent Only Sites - each site has a fire pit/grill & picnic table, tent sites are walk-to sites, nearby designated parking is available, tent sites T10 & T11 each have a sun shelter with 3 picnic tables. Flush toilets, hot showers, playground, dumpsters, potable water spigots & dump station are also available.  

Day-Use Area: 

Picnic tables, sun shelters, grills, flush toilets, potable water, drinking fountains, swim beach and playground.

Boating:
Paved 2-lane launch ramp into Lake Sacajawea, handling dock, mooring dock.

Campground, Day Use, and Boat Ramp: 

May 19, 2017 - Sept. 5, 2017, open 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

Hospital: 22 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)
Grocery Store: 4 Miles
Gas: 4 miles
Ice Harbor Dam: 16 Miles
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Campground check in time: after 2 p.m. - No Exceptions.
  • All campers must check in at gate house before proceeding into the campground.
  • Check out time: 12 p.m
  • Motorized or battery powered riding toys prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited

 

North Shore Recreation Area

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Type of Recreation: Day-Use, Boating, Fishing

State: Washington
County: Franklin 
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 9.7, North River Bank
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: From Hwy 12, turn east on Pasco-Kahlotus Hwy, 9 miles to Ice Harbor Dam Road. 3 Miles to the dam.

Day-Use Area: 

Tables, Covered Shelter, Vault Toilet, picnic tables, public phone

 
Boating: 

2-Lane Launch Ramp, Handling Dock

Year round, with no specific hours of operation

12 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)


  • Pets must be kept on a leash. 
  • Horses and hunting are prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited.

Charbonneau Park

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Type of Recreation: Camping, Day-Use, Boating, Fishing, Swimming 
State: Washington
County: Walla Walla
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location:  Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 11, South River Bank, 642 Campground Rd, Burbank, WA 99323
Acreage: 244 Acres
Highway Directions: 8.3 miles east of Burbank, Washington, on Highway 124, 2 miles north on Sun Harbor Drive.
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Reservations:
To make reservations, please visit the National Recreation Reservation Service at www.recreation.gov or call Toll Free (877) 444-6777.
For customers who are hearing impaired, please call the TDD Toll Free number at (877) 833-6777.
· Campsites can be reserved.
· Overlook group shelter and day-use group shelter can be reserved. If no reservation is posted at the shelter, the shelter becomes a first come first served facility.


Camping Area

-37 Regular RV/Tent Sites, each site has 50 amp electrical hook-up, fire pit/grill & picnic table (14 of these site are waterfront) 
-15 Full hook-up RV/Tent Sites, each site has 50 amp electric, potable water & sewer hook-ups, fire pit/grill & picnic table (2 of these sites are universally accessible (handicapped accessible) sites).

Day-Use Area: 

Flush Toilets (Summer only, winter - porta potty)
Picnic Tables, Swim Beach, Playground, Grills, and an informational Kiosk.

Boating: 

Two-Lane Launch Ramp into Lake Sacajawea open year round, Paved Ramp.

Boat Ramp: Sept. 6, 2016 - May 18, 2017, open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
May 19, 2017 - Sept. 5, 2017, open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sept. 6, 2017 until May 17, 2018, open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Campground/ Day-Use Area: May 19, 2017 - Sept. 5, 2017, open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. 

 

Hospital: 15 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)
Grocery Store: 12 Miles

  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Campground check in time: after 2 p.m. - No Exceptions.
  • All campers must check in at gate house before proceeding into the campground.
  • Check out time: 12 p.m
  • Motorized or battery powered riding toys prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited

Matthews Boat Ramp

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Type of Recreation: Camping, Day-Use, Boating
State: Washington
County: Walla Walla
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 41, South River Bank
Acreage: 15 Acres
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: Go 27 miles east of Burbank, Washington, on Highway 124. Turn left onto Lyons Ferry Road and go 10 miles. Turn left onto Babcock Road and go .5 mile. Turn right onto Lower Monumental Road and go 18 miles. Turn left to Matthews Boat Ramp.

Day-Use Area: 

Parking Area, Vault Toilets, Kiosk with maps & regulations. 
Primitive camping allowed in the parking area. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT.

Boating:

1-Lane Launch Ramp, Handling Dock


Year round, with no specific hours of operation


Hospital: 42 Miles (Walla Walla General, Walla Walla, WA 509-525-0480)
Grocery Store: 42 Miles
  • Pets must be kept on a leash.
  • Hunting is prohibited.
  • Open fires prohibited.

Lost Island Habitat Management Unit

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Type of Recreation: Day-Use, Fishing, Birding, Wildlife Viewing, Hunting (see Alerts and Important Information)
State: Washington
County: Franklin
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 23, North River Bank
Acreage: 181 Acres
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: 18.5 miles east of Pasco, Washington, on Pasco-Kahlotus Road, 3 miles south on McClenny Road, and 2 miles south on Votaw Road.

No facilities
Year round, with no specific hours of operation
Hospital: 37 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)
Grocery Store: 27 Miles
Ice Harbor Dam: 26 Miles

  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Rules and Regulations under Title 36 apply on all Corps lands
  • Target, clay pigeon shooting and "plinking" are prohibited
  • Pick up your litter when you leave. (PACK IT IN PACK IT OUT)
  • Be aware that other project visitors may be using hunting areas for different recreational activities.
  • Authorized vehicles Only.
  • Camping and open fires are prohibited.
  • All Washington State hunting and fishing regulations are applicable.

Levey Park

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Type of Recreation: Boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking
State: Washington
County: Franklin
Administering Office:  Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 13, North River Bank
Acreage: 50 Acres
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: 10.5 miles east of Pasco, Washington, on Pasco-Kahlotus Road, 1 mile south on Levey Road.

Day-Use Area: 
Open during the 2017 season.

Group Shelter: 
Available as first come first serve during the 2017 season.

Boating:
Two-Lane Launch Ramp, Handling dock, Mooring dock open during the 2017 season.


May 19, 2017- Sept. 5, 2017,  7 a.m. - 10 p.m. only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

**Park gate will be locked at all times except for above open hours

Hospital: 14 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, WA, 509-547-7704)

Grocery Store: 14 Miles
  • Alcohol is prohibited. 
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Open fires are prohibited.

Lake Emma

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Type of Recreation: Primitive Camping, Fishing and Hunting (See Alerts and Important Information) 
State: Washington
County: Franklin
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 19, North River Bank
Acreage: 25 Acres
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: 22.9 miles east of Pasco, Washington. Travel east on Pasco-Kahlotus Rd, turn right onto Mruphy Rd for 2.9 miles, slight right to stay on Murphy Road for .8 miles, arrive at Lake Emma.

No facilities
Year round, with no specific hours of operation.
Hospital: 19 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)
Grocery Store: 19 Miles

Hollebeke Habitat Management Unit

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Type of Recreation: Day-Use, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Hunting (See Alerts and Important Information)
State: Washington
County: Walla Walla 
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 25, South River Bank
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: 19 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124, and 6 miles north on Rice Road.

Day-Use Area: 

Parking, and Kiosks with Maps, Rules and Regulations brochures.

Year round, with no specific hours of operation
Hospital: 36 Miles (Our Lady of Lourdes, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)
Grocery Store: 32 Miles

  • Hunting is allowed with shotgun and archery only.
  • Hunting regulations, seasons and hours are set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Camping and open fires are prohibited.
  • Target, clay pigeon shooting and "plinking" are prohibited.
  • Pick up your litter when you leave. (PACK IT IN PACK IT OUT)
  • Be aware that other project visitors may be using hunting areas for different recreational activities.
  • Authorized vehicles only

Shoreline Road Fishing Access

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Type of Recreation: Day-Use, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing
State: Washington
County: Walla Walla
Administering Office:  Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location: Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 10, South River Bank
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions: 5.5 miles east of Burbank, Washington, on Highway 124, 2.5 miles north on Monument Drive, .5 miles right on Shoreline Drive.

Day-Use Area: 

Vault Toilet, Kiosk, Maps, Rules and Regulations brochures

Year round, with no specific hours of operation. 
Hospital: 15 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)
Grocery Store: 12 Miles
  • Pets must be kept on a leash. 
  • Hunting is prohibited.
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited.

South Shore Recreation Area

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Type of Recreation: Day-Use, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Hunting (See Alerts and Important Information/Notes)
State: Washington
County:  Walla Walla
Administering Office: Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management -Ice Harbor Office
Location:  Lake Sacajawea, Snake River Mile 9, South River Bank
Operating Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - 509-547-2048

Highway Directions:  5.5 miles east of Burbank, Washington, on Highway 124, 2.5 miles north on Monument Drive.

Day-Use Area: 

Parking Area, Vault Toilet.


Year round, with no specific hours of operation


Hospital: 14 Miles (Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, Washington, 509-547-7704)


  • Hunting regulations, seasons and hours are set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Rules and Regulations under Title 36 apply on all Corps lands. 
  • Camping is prohibited.­­­­ 
  • Pets must be kept on a leash.
  • Open fires are prohibited

Contact Us

Tri-Rivers Natural Resources Management Office- Ice Harbor Office

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2339 Monument Drive
Burbank, WA 99323
Phone: 509-547-2048
IceHarborParks&Recreation@usace.army.mil