Outdoor Recreation

Get Connected to the Outdoors!

Join us at the Outdoor Recreation Exhibit Area where you may find everything to get started on a journey of discovery and fun! Exhibitors will be listed as they register to join in the fun. Stay tuned!

Some outdoor enthusiasts we have hosted in years past include rock climbers, boaters, fly fishing and anglers, outdoor off-road riders, Forest Fire Fighters, Chelan County Search and Rescue, Leavenworth Disc Golf Club, The Fishin’ Magician, Kingfisher Fishing Boat, rafters, RiverCom911, bow hunters, and more!

The following is the list from the 2018 event for reference, and to give you an idea of how many activities are typically available.

Bavarian Boondockers

The local club Bavarian Boondockers will have the coolest and latest in snowmobiling and all terrain vehicles on exhibit. They have all the information you need on the best places for both winter and summer “off road” travel in our community and will have some unique vehicles on display – a must see for the outdoor enthusiast!

Chelan County Search and Rescue

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will share important information on outdoor and home preparedness, and what they do when emergencies or disasters occur.

Climbing Wall

Try out your hands and feet on the 24 ft. tall climbing wall with Climb for Fun. Well known in the Leavenworth area, they present a safe, top notch activity – and it’s free at Salmon Fest!

Coast Guard Auxiliary of Seattle

Meet representatives of the Seattle Coast Guard Auxiliary and take part in an activity that teaches the boating and water safety. Great for all ages and very informative for anyone that loves water recreation!

Disc Golf of Leavenworth

Learn the basics of disc golf, courtesy of the Leavenworth Disc Golf Club. Try your skill at getting the disc in the baskets, what grip to use and the correct way to toss it. Join Andy Jaynes and the Leavenworth team and check out the up and coming popular sport of disc golf (also known as frisbee golf).

Kingfisher Fishing Boat

Dave Graybill, the “Fishin’ Magician”, will display his latest fishing boat. This year it is a Kingfisher 1925 Discovery from Bob Feil Boats & Motors in East Wenatchee. It’s outfitted for fishing our region with all the bells and whistles! Visit Dave and ask him ANYTHING about fishing!

Leavenworth Outdoor Center

Check out LOC’s equipment and options for enjoying the water activities around the Upper Wenatchee Valley. Try to cast the lure through the target and win a prize while you’re there!

Osprey Rafting

Make a splash by creating your own Salmon Hat while you check out the display of rafts, kayaks and paddleboards and view whitewater rafting videos filmed locally!

Rick Graybill Fishing Demos

Rick Graybill is very well known for his knowledge of North Central Washington fishing. Rick has written three guidebooks, guided fishing for over 15 years, and now passes on his fishing secrets at Hooked on Toys in Wenatchee, Washington. Rick will give two talks and demo select equipment.
(Check map and activity site for times)

RiverCom 911

Chelan and Douglas Counties’ RiverCom 911 provides this important emergency service. For increased effectiveness, they’ll explain what to expect and how to explain your situation when you dial 911. Great information for both kids and adults!

Seattle Coast Guard Auxiliary

Meet representatives of the Seattle Coast Guard Auxiliary and take part in an activity that teaches the boating and water safety. Great for all ages and very informative for anyone that loves water recreation!

Traditional Bow Hunters

Traditional Bow Hunters of Washington is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of traditional equipment for bow hunting and archery. Venture out to the field beyond Icicle Creek and try your hand at shooting a traditional bow!
(Check program map for location and follow the signs to the activity across the bridge)

US Fish & Wildlife Service Archery Activity

Learn the basics of compound bow shooting with trained staff. Learn safety, shooting techniques and proper handling of equipment – then see if you have the steady hand to hit the target!

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The WDFW Cougar and Bear Safety program will demonstrate the skills of Karelian Bear dogs and talk about cougar and bear safety in and around your homes. A fun and exciting demo!

Washington State Federation of Fly Fishers

Learn the basics of fly casting with the experts! Fly rods provided – with plenty of space to try casting!

Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association

Dedicated to the conservation and preservation of wildlife and enhancement of habitat, the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association is a major sponsor of the Outdoor Recreation portion of the festival.

Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers

Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers have all the material and instruction to provide fly-tying instruction. Learn about the different types of flies, the hooks being used, and the types of feathers and other materials necessary for fly-tying.

WHOOSHH Innovations Demo

How do fish get around dams and how are they moved from place to place when necessary? Check out the Whooshh Innovations team as they demonstrate live fish transport and fish passage. Watch water shoot objects up and over an obstacle, quickly firing through an 80ft. tube from one end to the other. Ask the experts about this fascinating way to move fish!

Wild Fire Education

Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, Wenatchee River Ranger District, Columbia Breaks Interpretive Center and Washington State Department of Natural Resources come together to educate the public about being “fire wise” with hands on activities, preparedness handouts, equipment displays, photos, narratives and more. Based on Landscape, Response and Community, learn about how human caused fire can be prevented how to be prepared, and how wildfire is managed through the cooperation of a variety of partners.