Visitors are always welcome at Barn Beach Reserve, a nine-acre nature sanctuary bordering the Wenatchee River and Waterfront Park, just a short walk from downtown Leavenworth, Washington. Owned and operated by Wenatchee River Institute, Barn Beach Reserve is home to Wenatchee River Institute, the Upper Valley Museum, and Upper Valley MEND.
Just downstream from the confluence of the Wenatchee River and Icicle River, the Reserve is located in a spectacular setting that features accessible walking trails and panoramic views of the Wenatchee River and the mountains of the Stuart Range, the largest granite batholith in North America.
Barn Beach Reserve's Facilities:
The Barn: Our new, “green-built” learning center is a model of energy efficiency, providing space for everything form science labs to art classes, to lectures, films, and acoustic music performances. It’s the home of our Youth Education Program, RED BARN FRIDAY, and more.
The River Haus: built in 1903, is over a century old and 9,500 square feet— a unique, iconic, historic home, embodying the history of settlement in Leavenworth. During Leavenworth’s timber era, it was built by the Lamb-Davis Lumber Company, operator of the mill just above present-day Blackbird Island. Later, town banker R.B. Field and his family resided here, raising champion Arabian horses at the Bent River Arabian Horse Ranch. And in the era of Leavenworth’s Bavarianization, the Saunders family operated a fine bed and breakfast here known as Haus Lorelei. Today the River Haus is the home of Icicle Arts, the Upper Valley Museum, and the site of festive gatherings such as our members-only “meet the speaker” receptions.
The E. Lorene Young House, donated along with the community garden by E. Lorene Young, former mayor, houses our offices and the Watershed Art permanent collection, viewable by appointment.
We Welcome Mission-related Use of Our Facilities
Community members and organizations may rent or partner with us for usage of facilities compatible with our mission: to promote the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the greater Wenatchee Valley through educational programming and stewardship bridging environment, arts and cultural history. Our facilities are not available for private parties and functions. We welcome the entire community to enjoy the reserves' natural gifts, while respecting wildlife, our facilities, and other users.
A sanctuary for humans, plants, and animals. Barn Beach Reserve and the adjacent greenbelt protect over 50 acres of diverse habitats ranging from upland ponderosa pine forest, to riverine and riparian habitats that include Blackbird Island, a popular stop on Audubon's Great Washington Birding Trail.
Barn Beach Reserve features:
Stunning views of the Wenatchee River, Waterfront Park, and the Cascade Mountains.
Native plants, including ponderosa pine, black cottonwood, western red cedar, grand fir, aspen, western larch, mountain ash, big-leaf maple, black hawthorn, service berry and mock orange.
Wildlife, including a wide variety of bird species, salmon, steelhead, mule deer, river otter, beaver raccoon, and even an occasional black bear.
Accessible trails open to the public for walking, jogging, wildlife watching, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, contiguous with City of Leavenworth parks and trails.
© Michele Burton Photographer
Click here to view the Barn Beach Reserve Site Conceptual Plan produced by Project Groundwork in December, 2009.