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Description - Cle Elum Dam and Lake, of the Yakima Project, are on the Cle Elum River 8 miles northwest of Cle Elum, Washington. Cle Elum, Kachess, and Keechelus reservoirs are in the Wenatchee National Forest.

Attractions - Cle Elum Lake features species of lake trout, kokanee, and rainbow trout. Camping, swimming, boating, picnicking, and fishing are available at all three reservoirs especially in the streams below the dams.

Recreation - Fishing opportunities exist at Cle Elum Lake. Camping, swimming, boating, picnicking, and fishing are available at all three reservoirs especially in the streams below the dams.

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 - Cle Elum Lake is located 30 miles northwest of Ellensburg off Washington Hwy. 903, and on the Cle Elum River 8 miles northwest of Cle Elum, Washington.


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Cle Elum Lake, Wenatchee National Forest, P.O. Box 811 , Wenatchee, WA, 98801

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North Cascades - The North Cascade Range is a towering mass of granite spires and prehistoric glaciers. Amid these jagged peaks, you can walk in the quiet of ancient forests, swim in seas of wildflower and peer into the glass of alpine lakes. This is sacred country for casual hikers and extreme mountaineers alike.
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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