Three County Corridor
219 km (136 mi)
The Columbia and Okanogan rivers are at the heart of Okanogan, Douglas, and Chelan counties. There’s plenty of things to do from laid back relaxation to hair straight back excitement. Great people, stunning scenery and four seasons of fun make this three county corridor a great road trip any time of year.
Okanagan County straddles Route 97 and begins at the Canada/US border. There’s plenty to do here including water sports, river rafting, rodeos, horseback riding, hiking, biking, hot air ballooning, golf, wildlife viewing, and more, and that’s just in the warmer months. When the snow flies, it’s time to pick a winter sport and enjoy snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowboarding, and cross-country and downhill skiing.
Okanagan County Towns and Things to Do
There are several small towns in Okanogan County. Visit wineries, museums and go golfing at Oroville WA, located just south of the Canadian border. Tonasket, just south of Oroville, has a great Farmer’s Market and is host to rodeos, fairs, and a garlic festival. Further down the road is Omak, WA, home to the world famous Omak Stampede. At the town of Okanogan, you can head west on Hwy 20 to Twisp and Winthrop or drive south and visit the Fort Okanogan Interpretive Center (Colville Confederated Tribes).
Relax at Lake Pateros, located at the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers. The last two towns on Route 97 in Okanogan County are Brewster and Pateros. Fishing is a way of life in this area, so bring your gear! Then, be sure to check out the famous Pateros Apple Pie Jamboree in July.
Douglas and Chelan Counties
The Columbia River and Route 97 divide Douglas and Chelan County. There’s plenty of sunshine to enjoy as you wine and dine your way through this portion of Route 97. Just before Chelan and Chelan Falls, Route 97 spits in two with 97A going to Chelan and 97 to Chelan Falls where it connects to Route 2 at Orondo.
Take 97A along the Columbia River to Lake Chelan, the largest lake in WA. Lake Chelan and the Columbia River provide a myriad of things to do on or near the water. Water skiing, rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, and biking are just a few of the ways to enjoy the great outdoors here. Get your heart pounding with sky diving, or relax with the latest vintage. In the winter, explore the several Nordic ski areas.
Parks, Hikes, Music and Wine
Between Chelan Falls and Entiat is the Daroga State Park; a 36.5 ha (90 acre) camping park with 2.4 km (1.5 mi) of Columbia River shoreline on the elevated edge of the desert scablands. Spring in Entiat is awash a sea of white and pink blossoms in the fruit orchards. Wildlife abounds in this area with its hills, mountain, rivers and lakes. The town of Wenatchee lies at the southern tip of the Interior Cascades portion of Route 97. It’s worth your while to take a 17.5 km (11 mi) hike or bike along the River Loop Trail that crosses the Columbia River. Wenatchee also hosts the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival. Visit the Wenatchee Chamber Tasting Room at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce where they have red and white wines from local wineries as well as cider.
Need to Know
|Loop Distance:||219 km (136 mi)|
|Duration to drive:||2.5 to 4 hours. Much more if you explore.|
|Best time to drive:||Year round.
Snow tires recommended in the winter months.
|Watch for:||Wildlife near roads, stunning river, lake and valley views. Watch for livestock on roads as this is range country.
Colville Confederated Tribes
44 School Loop Road
Toll Free: 1-888-881-7684
Entiat Chamber of Commerce
15212 Highway 97A
Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce
102 E. Johnson Avenue
Toll Free: 1-800-424-3526
Omak Visitor Center
401 Omak Avenue
Toll Free: 1-800-225-6625
Historical Museum VIC
1210 Ironwood Street
Local (summer only) 509-476-2739
Email Contact: send message
Pateros City Hall
113 Lake Shore Drive
Tonasket Visitor and
Business Information Center
215 S. Whitcomb Avenue
Chamber of Commerce
1 South Wenatchee Avenue
Toll Free: 1-800-572-7753