Umtanum Recreation Area Temporarily Closed for Maintenance

Wenatchee, Wash. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wenatchee Field Office is scheduled to close the Umtanum recreation site Jan. 4 through May 14, 2021, for construction on the suspension bridge and parking lot paving.

Crews will perform much-needed repairs on the historic bridge, including deck and railing replacement, realignment of suspension towers, new support beams, and bracing and tensioning of the support structure. All planned restoration is in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Rehabilitation and Restoration Standards, to ensure the historic character of the structure suffers no adverse effect. To avoid additional closure, the lower parking lot and access road to the recreation site will be paved and striped at the same time.

“These repairs will benefit recreators for years to come,” said District Manager Kurt Pindel “we thank everyone for their patience.”

Visitors who want to visit the west side of the river in the Yakima River Canyon will need to cross at the Ellensburg and Selah ends or by boat.

“We’re encouraging visitors to visit nearby Lmuma Creek, Big Pines, and Roza recreation sites for river access, picnicking, and camping opportunities,” said Pindel. 

For more information, please contact the BLM Wenatchee Field Office at 915 North Walla Walla Avenue, Wenatchee, Wash. 98801, or call (509) 665-2100.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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