Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is a Ropes Course? (also called Challenge Courses)

A: A ropes course is a challenging outdoor personal development and team building activity which usually consists of high and/or low elements. Low elements take place on the ground or only a few feet above the ground. High elements are usually constructed in trees or made of utility poles and require a belay for safety.

Q: What kind of groups attend Waterhouse Center?

A: All kinds! Corporations, non-profit organizations, athletic teams, families, churches and more. We have even had birthday parties, date nights and a bachorlette party at the course.  The staff at Waterhouse can create a program for any kind of group!

Q: Are ropes courses safe?

A: Yes! Statistically speaking, it is safer to participate in a ropes course experience than it is to ride in a car or play soccer. All of our equipment can hold at least 5000 lb (it really can!) and is inspected regularly.

Q: What should I wear when participating on the ropes course?

A: Wear comfortable clothing you can move around in. You should also bring layers.  Supportive, closed toe shoes are required. Weather-appropriate items: jacket, hat, sunscreen, bug spray.

Q: Are there bathrooms at the course?

A: Yes, Waterhouse Center has porta potties on site - and they are the cleanest porta potties in Washington!

Q: Can we participate in the course if it is raining?

A: Yes! The Waterhouse Center has multiple shelters to escape the rain. There are also fire pits for participants to huddle around to stay warm and get dry. Just be sure to wear the appropriate clothing, and you'll be fine!

Q: How do I get to Waterhouse Center?

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A: From I-5: Head east on Hwy 2. At the end of trestle, take center fork to 20th St. SE. Continue east on 20th St. through Hwy 9 Intersection (Lutheran church on NE corner). Continue on 20th St (past the Tom Thumb store on left and going straight through the stop light) as it curves around and becomes Williams Rd. At the stop sign, turn right onto Machias Cutoff. In about 500 ft., turn right onto S. Machias Rd. (Centennial Middle School will show up on your right). At Dubuque Rd, turn left. Stay on Dubuque for 4.5 miles (straight through 171st). Turn right on Storm Lake Rd. In 1.3 miles, turn left onto Mero Rd. Waterhouse Center will be on your left in 1.9 miles. On your right, look for a green mailbox with 7311 in white letters.

From Monroe: Turn left off Hwy 2 onto Woods Creek Rd., between Red Barn Shell Station and Taco Time. (There is no stoplight at intersection.) Go 1.5 miles to "Y". Turn left up hill. At top, go left onto Wagner Rd. (Salem Woods Elementary will show up on left). Continue on to 108th (short left-then-right) becoming 215th Ave. SE. In 1 mile, turn right onto Mero Rd. Waterhouse Center will be on your right in 1.4 miles. (Distance from Red Barn to Waterhouse Center is about 6.5 miles.)