Wells Dam sits on the Columbia River, right between the communities of Pateros and Chelan. The dam immediately above it on the Columbia is Chief Joseph Dam and immediately below it is Rocky Reach Dam. The viewpoint there makes for a great stop on a drive through the area.
Fun Facts About Wells Dam
-Wells Dam opened in 1967.
-Wells Dam is the second most recently completed dam on the Columbia River in the America.
-Wells Dam is operated by the Douglas County PUD.
-The water backed up behind Wells Dam is known as Lake Pateros.
-Wells Dam includes 10 turbine generators for hydroelectricy production.
-The small island located just downstream form Wells Dam has a boat launch and is named Carpenter Island.
-Wells Dam is outfitted with 11 spillway gates.
-Wells Dam is 4,460 feet in length.
-Electricity produced at Wells Dam not only benefits the residents of Douglas County, it is also used by the Colville Indian Reservation, Portland General Electric Company, PacifiCorp, Puget Sound Energy, and the Okanogan County PUD.
-Adjacent to Wells Dam is the Wells Hatcher which produces Steelhead, Chinook, Sturgeon, Trout, and Kokanee.
-In between Wells Dam and Chief Joseph Dam, the Columbia River welcomes the Okanogan and Methow rivers.