DescriptionLocated on the Columbia River just above the confluence with the Methow River, Pateros was founded in 1895. First called Ives Landing, the name was changed in 1900 to honor a town in the Philippines where a pioneer settler had served during the Spanish-American War. It prospered as a fruit-growing center after the railroad arrived in 1914.
Pateros was relocated in 1968 when the pool behind Wells Dam flooded the original site. Alta Lake State Park, 3 miles southwest of town, is a popular recreation area; phone (509) 923-2473. River Recreation Inc. offers white-water rafting excursions on Methow River May-June; phone (800) 464-5899.
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