Sacajawea State Park

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Sacajawea State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

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 park has many outdoor self-guided interpretive displays, as well as framework representations of Native American dwellings. Along with the on site Interpretive Center, the park provides guided tours by a park interpretive specialist. 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.

Map of Sacajawea (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.201363, -119.043433

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Activities

  • Boating

    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 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.

  • Fishing

    Freshwater fishing is permitted off the docks on Snake River.

  • Hiking

    There is a 1.2 miles of hiking trails winding through the park.

  • Historic Sites

    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.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers one kitchen shelter with electricity and a large barbecue grill and one without electricity plus 130 unsheltered picnic tables. One of the shelters can accommodate up to 200 people.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and water-skiing are popular activities along the Columbia and Snake Rivers at designated areas.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open to day use only from 6:30 a.m. to dusk. The park closed from November 1st through March 15th.

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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