Description - Lake Sacajawea, located in southeastern Washington along the lower Snake River (near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers), offers water fun and relaxation. The landscape is characteristic of wide-open vistas with few trees while the climate is arid. Popular activities include boating, camping, swimming, water skiing, hunting and fishing. Recreation facilities range from full service campgrounds and picnic areas to undeveloped remote beaches. View migrating fish or watch boats transport through the lock. The Tri-Cities is about 15 minutes to the west on Highway 12. This area is along the Lewis and Clark route.
- Located along the Snake River, Ice Harbor Lock and Dam is the waterway of the gold rush days. Visitors can watch Pacific salmon and steelhead trout swim to their spawning grounds.
Recreation - Viewing salmon swimming to their spawning ground is an activity available at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam.
Climate - The climate of Washington varies within each region. The Cascades split the state and alter the weather patterns. The mountains receive large amounts of wet, heavy snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year. The terrain east of the mountains receives approximately 12 inches of rainfall per year, generally much less than west of the mountains. Since the area east of the mountains is landlocked, temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.
Due to the coastal geography, western Washington is primarily temperate. The proximity to the ocean stabilizes the climate, making extreme temperatures very rare. The area receives large amounts of precipitation from Pacific rain and snow storms.
From Burbank, travel 8 miles east on Washington Hwy. 124 to reach Ice Harbor Lock and Dam. A map is available above on this page.