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Description - Lower Monumental Lock and Dam Lake West, located in southeastern Washington on a remote section of the lower Snake River, provides for water fun and relaxation. The landscape is characteristic of wide-open vistas of rolling hills with few trees while the climate is arid.

Attractions - Interpretive displays and excellent facilities for viewing Pacific salmon and steelhead trout en route to their spawning grounds on the Snake River are located at the Lower Monumental Lock and Dam.

Recreation - Viewing salmon in the waters is an activity available at the Lower Monumental Lock and Dam. Camping, fishing, water sports, and picnic areas area available.

Climate - The climate of Washington varies within each region. The Cascades split the state and alter the weather patterns. The mountains receive large amounts of wet, heavy snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year. The terrain east of the mountains receives approximately 12 inches of rainfall per year, generally much less than west of the mountains. Since the area east of the mountains is landlocked, temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.

Due to the coastal geography, western Washington is primarily temperate. The proximity to the ocean stabilizes the climate, making extreme temperatures very rare. The area receives large amounts of precipitation from Pacific rain and snow storms.

Location - Lower Monumental Lock and Dam is found 6 miles south of Kahlotus. A map is located above on this wildernet page.


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Contact Information:
Lower Monumental Lock and Dam, RR 6 Box 693 , PASCO, WA, 99301-9165, Phone: 509-543-3251

Additional Information:
Washington Lakes and Reservoirs - Washington has an abundance of lakes and reservoirs managed both by USDI Fish and Wildlife and USDA National Forest Service.
Wine Country - As you cross the mountains from the west on your way to Wine Country, you emerge from the forest into the naked sun and dry, rippling hills of the Yakima Valley. Stretched out ahead, the Saddle Mountains wear little foliage and the bones of the earth are suddenly visible.

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