Chapter 7.24


7.24.010    Rules and regulations.

7.24.015    Park fees.

7.24.018    Camping on Southshore Road on Lake Chelan—Prohibitions.

7.24.020    Violation—Penalty.

7.24.030    Validity.

7.24.040    Wenatchee River county park rules and regulations.

7.24.010 Rules and regulations.

In order to maintain the county parks for recreation of the public, to encourage the greatest possible use for the benefit of all of the citizens of Chelan County, and to further public health, safety, and welfare, the following rules and regulations are promulgated:

(1)    Definitions.

“Park” means any public grounds under the control, ownership, or supervision of Chelan County.

“Person” as used in this chapter includes the plural as well as the singular and also includes any group, firm, or corporation.

(2)    Vehicles. No person other than park or law enforcement personnel shall ride, drive, push or operate any automobile, bicycle, motorcycle or other vehicle within the park on other than the established roadway or parking areas. Speed limit to be enforced within the park is five miles per hour unless otherwise posted. Parking shall be in designated areas only.

(3)    Animals. It is unlawful for any person to permit any animal to run at large in any park except in designated areas. All animals must be on a leash and under the direct control of their owner or responsible person at all times. Upon occurrence of excessive barking, vicious, or unruly behavior from any animal, a written warning will be given to the owner or other responsible person. Upon subsequent occurrence of any such conduct, immediate removal from the park of the subject animal is mandatory.

(4)    Firearms, Explosives and Other Weapons. No person shall carry or have on his person, nor possess or exercise control over any explosives of any type in any park, nor discharge such explosives in a park. No person shall possess or discharge a firearm in any park in violation of state law.

(5)    Alcoholic Beverages. No alcoholic beverages, of any kind or nature, shall be displayed or consumed in public view within a park except within designated campsites or established picnic areas. Intoxicated persons are forbidden in any park. Persons violating this section are subject to removal from the park and their right to use the park may be revoked.

(6)    Recreational and Medical Marijuana. All parts of all county parks are public places and places in view of the general public. No vehicle, structure, or tent, when in any county park, shall constitute a residence. Medical marijuana may be used and possessed in any park only in a manner consistent with state law by the owner of a valid prescription. Recreational marijuana may be possessed in any park only in a manner consistent with state law. Any and all use of recreational marijuana in any park is strictly prohibited.

(7)    Fires. Fires shall be confined to the fireplaces or fire circles established by the park, attended by a responsible person at all times while burning, and must be thoroughly extinguished before leaving the area. Unattended fires, grass fires, and any fires not in a designated park fireplace or fire circle must be reported to the superintendent’s office promptly.

(8)    Trash. Trash and refuse must be placed in the receptacle provided for that purpose, and all areas are to be left free of debris after use. No person shall break, throw or leave or place glass or tin cans of any kind within the park area except in waste receptacles.

(9)    Vandalism. It is unlawful to remove, destroy, mutilate, deface or improperly use any plantings, vegetation, properties, equipment, or facilities, or to enter, with or without force, any vehicle, park building or structure, unless expressly permitted by park management.

(10)    Personal Conduct. No person shall indulge in riotous, boisterous, threatening, offensive, profane or indecent conduct or language. Any violation shall result in immediate expulsion from the park at the discretion of park management in addition to any other applicable penalties.

(11)    Polluting Waters. No person shall throw, discharge, place or cause to be placed in the waters of the river, the swimming lagoon, any fountain, pond, lake, pool, or other body of water within the park, any substance, matter or thing which will or may result in the pollution of the waters.

(12)    Cruelty. It is unlawful in any manner to tease, annoy, disturb, molest, catch, injure or kill, or to throw any stone or missile of any kind at, or strike with any stick or weapon, any animal, bird or fowl within the confines of the park.

(13)    Soliciting. No person shall sell, expose for sale, vend or give away, take or solicit orders, in or upon any of the parks, playgrounds, roads, or buildings, any article or merchandise whatsoever without the written permission of the parks manager.

(14)    Assembly. No persons shall be allowed to give entertainments of any kind or transact business of any kind, or hold meetings or assemblies of any kind, except by written consent of the park manager.

(15)    Advertising. Commercial advertising shall not be permitted. Distribution, circulation, or erection of handbills, circulars, notices, papers, or advertising devices is prohibited.

(16)    Swimming. No lifeguard is present at any time at any county park. Swimming is at your own risk at all times. Swimming is prohibited except in designated areas. Dressing or undressing shall not be permitted on the beach or in private cars in the park.

(17)    Overnight Parking and Camping. No overnight parking or camping is permitted in the park except in areas designated as overnight campgrounds. A fee for overnight parking or camping must be paid in areas so designated.

(18)    Season of Operation. Wenatchee River County Park shall be open to the public April 1st through November 1st each year unless different dates are determined by the commission.

(19)    Park Hours. All county parks shall post hours of operation on site.

(20)    Park-Specific Rules. All parks shall be subject to specific rules governing practices and standards at each park adopted by the commission and posted at each park office. Said rules shall govern activities and standards at each park and shall be enforceable and effective as provisions of this code. (Res. 2015-111, 12/14/15; Res. 2009-53, 5/4/09; Res. 2001-84, 6/11/01; Res. 95-F, 11/8/71; Res. 640-E, 4/20/70).

7.24.015 Park fees.

All county parks shall post fees on site. (Res. 2015-111, 12/14/15; Res. 2011-93, 10/31/11: Res. 91-8, 1/28/91: Res. 87-48, 6/1/87; Res. 87-18, 3/9/87: Res. 85-25, 3/26/85: Res. 35-F, 4/5/71: Res. 145-F, 4/25/72: Res. 82-34, 3/30/82).

7.24.018 Camping on Southshore Road on Lake Chelan—Prohibitions.

Camping along the county right-of-way along South-shore, Lake Chelan, from the state park property easterly boundary downlake approximately one and one-half miles to Sunnybank is prohibited, and the Chelan County engineer is instructed to erect appropriate signing. (Res. 2015-111, 12/14/15; Res. 87-44, 5/12/87).

7.24.020 Violation—Penalty.

Any person who violates any of the rules or regulations provided for in this chapter shall be subject to penalties as established by state law; where no state law violation applies, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding two hundred fifty dollars, or imprisoned in the county jail not exceeding ninety days; or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Res. 2015-111, 12/14/15; Res. 640-E § 2, 4/20/70).

7.24.030 Validity.

Should any section, clause or provisions of this chapter be declared by the court to be invalid, the same shall not affect the validity of the chapter as a whole or any part thereof other than the part so declared to be invalid. (Res. 2015-111, 12/14/15; Res. 640-E § 3, 4/20/70 at Vol. D pages 228, 229).

7.24.040 Wenatchee River county park rules and regulations.

(a) Quiet hours are from nine p.m. to seven a.m. Loud music is not acceptable at any time. Campers who fail to honor quiet hours will be asked to leave without a refund. If you have visitors coming before or after office hours, make arrangements with management to let them in. Office hours are nine a.m. to nine p.m. daily during peak season, nine a.m. to eight p.m. otherwise. Check-in time one p.m., check-out time noon. Office will be closed from twelve-fifteen p.m. to one p.m. daily for lunch.

(b)  The speed limit is five miles per hour at all times. Each site has room for one RV and one vehicle. No double parking allowed. Extra vehicles must park at a designated parking area. Do not park in adjacent sites or on the street. Parking in another camper’s site is allowed only when both parties consent to specific parking arrangement and management consents. Any vehicle parked without authorization will be towed at owner’s expense. Allowances may be made for special events as well as fifteen to twenty minutes for loading/unloading. Otherwise, use overflow parking lots. Do not park on the grass.

(c) The grass is watered daily. Park assumes no responsibility for items left outside. Placing belongings on the black top is advised. Asphalt is slippery when wet; be careful after rain or watering.

(d) Restrooms and showers are for registered campers only. They are checked and maintained regularly. Campers must use them in a safe and clean manner, and notify staff if any facilities need attention. Showers are coin operated and last approximately three and one-half minutes. Be sure to turn the handle so the water will turn on.

(e) Laundry facilities are open twenty-four hours. Washers and dryers are coin operated. Rinse cycle starts about thirty-five minutes into wash time. Dry time is approximately forty-five minutes.

(f) Tents are not allowed on park property. All campers must sleep inside RVs and/or vehicles. (Bed of truck is okay.)

(g) Campers are responsible for the behavior of their visitors at all times.

(h) Swimming at your own risk at all times; no life guard on duty.

(i) Smoking (including e-cigarettes and vaping) as well as the use of tobacco products is prohibited in all public areas of the park. These activities are allowed within the confines of your vehicle or camper.

(j) Pets are allowed but are limited to two per campsite. Pets must be attended by a responsible adult and on a leash at all times when outside of an enclosed vehicle. Dogs may be off leash in the designated dog run area if attended by a responsible adult whose verbal commands the dog obeys. All animal excrement must be removed completely. A fee will be assessed upon failure to comply. Failure to cure first offense or commission of a second offense shall result in expulsion from the park with no refunds. No ferocious dogs of any size allowed in the park. Any exhibition of questionable animal behavior shall result in a report to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society or other law enforcement agency. First barking complaint regarding a camp site results in a warning, second complaint, even if regarding a different dog at the same camp site, results in expulsion from the park and no refunds. Dog leashes, cables, chains or expandable leashes must not exceed eight feet.

(k) Children under six years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times, including in the designated playground area. Parents, or other accompanying adults, shall be responsible for children’s safety and conduct at all times. Children may not enter the camping sites of other campers.

(l) Only one vehicle shall enter the gate at one time. Damage may occur from tailgating. County is not responsible for damage to vehicles if rule is violated. Surveillance cameras are in operation.

(m) Campers are responsible for any damage to sprinklers, utility outlets, or other park property.

(n) Mowing occurs every Wednesday and Thursday. Please pick up your area for the mower (chairs, satellite dishes, bikes, etc.) Wednesday: A, B, and D loops. Thursday: C Loop and Day Use area.

(o) No rugs/mats allowed on the grass. Please use pads or blocks under jacks; if you need blocks please see the front office. No clotheslines are allowed.

(p) All satellite, coax cables, misters, lines, etc., must be at least seven feet above ground to allow mowers and carts to go under with no interference.

(q) All WCRP utilities are monitored and tested as per Washington State Department of Health regulations. Please contact management immediately if any problems with utilities occur.

(r) Management determines which gates and doors should stay open or shut. Please do not close any doors or gates that were not already closed, and please do not leave open any gates or doors that weren’t already open.

(s) WRCP management and employees must continually maintain, monitor and adjust the irrigation electric water and other services. We strive to stay out of sites, but this cannot be guaranteed.

(t) Keep our park clean. Please do not throw cigarette butts, candy wrappers, or other trash on the grounds or in the fire rings.

(u) Use or possession of any and all fireworks is prohibited in WRCP at all times.

(v) Please notify management as soon as possible of departure date. This will allow WRCP to accommodate as many guests per season as possible.

(w) If any camper has any problems with another camper or the use of a site, please contact WRCP management.

(x) Some sites are used for longer term camping and may be occupied on a monthly or seasonal basis. A one hundred fifty dollar deposit is required for the following year’s reservation. Long-term site reservation requests are processed in order of receipt.

(y) Registered campers who occupy sites are guests of WRCP. No camper, visitor, or guest owns or controls any part of any site. WRCP management has the right to refuse service to any one at any time. No refund will be given if you are asked to leave the park.

(z) Campers should not enter another camper’s site without consent. This includes cutting through another site for any reason.

(aa) Other amenities also available:

(1) Firewood for purchase.

(2) Ice—ten-pound bags for purchase.

(3) Propane hours nine a.m. to five p.m. Purchaser must have current tank certification. No propane sold on Sundays.

(4) Copies and fax available through the office at posted prices.

(5) Free WiFi: access code available from office.

(6) WRCP cannot guarantee dish reception and does not allow people to move around until they find a spot where they get reception.

(7) DVDs, books and games can be checked out from front office. Credit card on file will be charged for any DVDs not returned to the office.

(8) Volleyball and ping-pong balls are all located on site. Ping-pong balls can be purchased at the front office.

(bb) Wenatchee River county park camping fees effective January 1, 2024:

Camping with full hook-ups

$45.00/night and $270.00/week

Camping/water and electrical hook-up

$40.00/night and $240.00/week

Camping, dry site, no tents


Camping overflow


Additional campers (over six persons)


Additional vehicle


Storage fee


Monthly camp fee

$800.00/month with $150.00 nonrefundable deposit

$50.00/month per extra vehicle

Cabin rental

$1,150.00/month, includes 2 vehicles

Day use gazebo

$150.00 per day

Commercial rafting take-out fees

$1.00 per day per person, commercial users

All weekly sites are buy six nights and get the seventh night free; must use same spot all nights. Passport America discount honored April and October, excluding weekends and holidays. All weekly stays limited to fourteen days/nights and a minimum five days/nights must intervene any subsequent stay. (Res. 2022-119 § 2 (Exh. B), 12/5/22; Res. 2021-34 § 2 (Exh. B), 3/15/21; Res. 2015-111 (Exh. B), 3/28/16).