Columbia river 

The Columbia River Region stretches along the Columbia River from Pateros to Grand Coulee Dam. It includes fascinating geological features, the Colville Indian Reservation and unsurpassed recreational opportunities.  


Pateros was originally established as Ive’s Landing around 1896 by Lee Ives when he began farming near the confluence of the Methow and Columbia Rivers and built his landmark hotel on the banks of the Columbia. Today, Pateros is a vibrant community with parks, picnics, swimming areas, fruit stands with fresh local fruit, fishing and dining. Take a walk along the river, watch the hydroplane or dragon boat races, take part in the Apple Pie Jamboree or get in some incredible salmon and steelhead fishing. 


Brewster’s location at the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers has made it a gateway to the vast lands of the north since before Astor’s Pacific Fur Company established the first American inland fur trading post nearby. Today Brewster is at the heart of a large fruit industry.


Nestled between beautiful hills along the Columbia River, Bridgeport's main area industry is agriculture with apple and cherry orchards in and around the City. Outside of the City wheat fields are prevalent. The area, rich with outdoor recreation opportunities and beautiful scenery, is a popular destination for anglers, hunters, kayakers, boaters, photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts. 


This engineering marvel is nearly a mile across, over 500 feet tall and spans the largest volume river flowing into the Pacific Ocean. The mighty dam harnesses the power of over six trillion gallons of water, sending clean hydro power into eleven states. Check out the  laser light show every night all summer and dam tours.  This year's laser light show is brand new - it's the first update the show has seen in 27 years! Check it out!


Nespelem is home to the Colville Tribal Cultural Center and the grave of Nez Perce Chief Joseph. The 4th of July Pow Wow is the Colville Tribe’s largest cultural event and attracts the best singers and dancers throughout Indian Country. Stick games and a parade accompany the celebration.


The Colville Tribal Museum in Coulee Dam provides a glimpse of the rich heritage of the people who make up the twelve bands of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Historical displays of early Indian settlements, history and lifestyles of the bands that comprise the Colville Confederated Tribes are featured in the museum. Indian encampments and powwows are held around the fourth of July in Nespelem, early spring features the Sun Flower Festival at Paschal Sherman Indian School, and an Indian Encampment is held the second weekend of August during the Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race in Omak.

Grand Coulee Dam puts on a stunning laser light show during the summer months where the enormous man-made structure illustrates its capacity by spilling water down its face while a complex series of lasers tell the story of Lake Roosevelt, the Columbia River, the Grand Coulee Dam and the settlers around it. This is an entertaining (and educational) “don’t-miss” extravaganza for all ages. In Pateros, learn about the history of the town at the new Pateros Museum & VIC at the confluence of the Columbia & Methow Rivers (located in the City Hall building).


Fishing, camping, boating, museums, festivals and events will ensure that your children are never bored!  Pateros Park welcomes pets and has a long walking trail along the river. Rivers Restaurant serves world-famous beef from the Double R Ranch, and the Sweet River Bakery in Pateros has incredible pizza and baked goods! Grand Coulee hosts the Colorama in May: a festival, rodeo, parade, carnival, and hours of family activities. The Brewster City Pool has two waterslides, two diving boards, and is right next to the Brewster City Park.

Visitor Information

Brewster Chamber of Commerce

Colville Confederated Tribes
800-881-7684 • 509-634-2200

Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber

Pateros (City Hall)

Unexpected Treasures

Grand Coulee Dam Tour & Laser Show
Grand Coulee
All new laser light show starts Saturday May 24th and runs through September 30th  • 509-633-3074

Hydroplane Races
Join the fun in Pateros Memorial Park, along Lakeshore Drive • 509-923-2571

Steelhead Fishing
The upper Columbia River and the Methow River are perfect for Steelheading • 509- 923-2571

Groomed Snowmobiling Trails
Access to literally hundreds of miles of trails and Sno-Parks just a short drive • 509- 923-2571