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Wawawai County Park


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Wawawai County Park sits in the Snake River Canyon approximately three miles upstream from Lower Granite Dam.' The park is open from 7:00am to dusk and for overnight camping year round.'' The 49 acre park is a popular place for families to picnic and camp.' A nearby boat ramp facility provides access to the reservoir for fishing and water sports.' Unique to the park is the earth-sheltered ranger residence.


From June 10th - October 10th fires are restricted in the entire canyon.

No open fires and no smoking on trails.' Gas stoves and briquettes can be used for cooking


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Description: Wawawai Entrance Picture


Amenities: One large group shelter (capacity of 100 people) with ten picnic tables and a large barbecue grill, Seven small shelters (capacity of 8 people) with a picnic table and barbecue grill, year round restroom facilities, bird viewing platform, and half mile interpretive hiking trail.' As you follow along the interpretive trail, you will learn geology, history, and natural features of the park and Snake River Canyon.' The park also holds a small bay off of the Snake River at the base of Wawawai Creek.' The bay offers recreational opportunities for non-motorized boating and fishing.' In 1980, an earth-sheltered house was constructed in Wawawai County Park.' This innovative feature serves as the park ranger's home.' To learn more about the unique features of the home, its construction and/or to schedule a group tour contact Wawawai County Park (509) 334-3774.''


Shelter Reservations (Day Use Only):  Reservation Requirements and Rules


Maximum Capacity

(Including Outside Seating)



Wawawai Large Group Shelter


'   1 - 100 people = $100.00

Weddings/Receptions =

$250.00 minimum


For shelter reservations, contact the Park's Office at 509-397-6238.   Please note:  Klemgard County Park's Large Group Shelter can accommodate groups up to 200, for more information on Klemgard, select Klemgard County Park, at the top of this page.


Wawawai Large Shelter

Wawawai, Oct, 2017 bird viewing platform


Camping:  Nine campsites are available to campers on a first come first serve basis for $15.00 a night and an additional $5.00 for a second vehicle (maximum of two vehicles per site).' Campers please note this is a gated park with no access into or out of the park from dusk until 7:00am.  Water is available at the campground from mid-April through mid-October.' The campground offers five pull in sites (two offering sand tent pads) and four pull through recreational vehicle sites.  None of the sites have hookups.' Tent camping is permitted at every site.' During the late-spring, summer, and early-fall months the campground is irrigated with sprinklers Monday through Thursday and tent campers are requested to use the sand tent pads, which remain dry.' Each campsite offers a picnic table and fire pit with a grill.' Restroom facilities are available year round.' Campfires are permitted from October 11th through June 9th.' From June 10th through October 10th only barbecue briquettes and gas grill and lanterns are permitted, open fires are restricted because of a high fire danger.


Wawawai, Oct, 2017 campground (1) 


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From Pullman: Take Highway 195 that detours around Pullman and connects with the Lewiston highway. After driving approximately 1 mile, turn left (at the blinking amber light) onto Wawawai-Pullman Road (Rd No. 9010). Travel south 9.5 miles to the Wawawai Road (Rd. No. 9000). Turn right on Wawawai Road (Rd. No. 9000) and travel 5.5 miles down the canyon to Wawawai County Park.


From Colfax:   Take Highway 195 South towards Pullman.  Approximately 15 miles from Colfax, turn right on Wawawai-Pullman Road (Rd No. 9010).  Travel 9.5 miles to the Wawawai Road (Rd. No. 9000).  Turn right on Wawawai Road (Rd. No. 9000) and travel 5.5 miles down the canyon to Wawawai County Park.


 For information or to reserve a shelter, contact (509) 397-6238

Whitman County Parks and Recreation Department

310 North Main Street, Colfax, WA  99111

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