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Description - Banks Lake, part of the Columbia Basin Project, was created by building two rock-faced, earthfill dams at the north and south ends of the Ice-Age channel of the Columbia River, now known as Grand Coulee. The reservoir is 27 miles long with 27,000 water surface acres.

Attractions - This impoundment offers fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout, walleye, kokanee, black crappie, bullhead, and whitefish. Developed camping facilities are also available at Coulee City Park, (509)633-1304; and Coulee Playland Resorts, (509)633-2671.

Recreation - Fishing opportunities are numerous at the lake and camping facilities are located nearby. Other recreational activities are: Boating, Hunting, Picnicking, Recreational Vehicles, and Water Sports

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 - Banks Lake is located near Coulee City along State Rt. 155. A mapa is available above on this wildernet page.


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Report: We hiked up to the GiantCave Arch on the northwest side of the Lake. Hard at the end. Steep and lots of scree. Cool inside the cave. We camped on the shores of the lake, very nice. The water was warm. Saw lots of rattlesnakes so beware of them.


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Contact Information:
Banks Lake, Washington Department of Wildlife, 1540 Alder St. N.W. , Ephrata, WA, 98823, Phone: 509-754-4624

Additional Information:
Columbia River Plateau - Throughout the Columbia River Plateau region, you can be as active or sedate as you want at any given moment. If you think of Washington only in terms of the damp forests and cityscapes of Puget Sound, you will be amazed at the sculpted beauty of this high desert land.
Washington Lakes and Reservoirs - Washington has an abundance of lakes and reservoirs managed both by USDI Fish and Wildlife and USDA National Forest Service.

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