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Connelly: Adventures for the Northwest's "Shoulder Season"

Date: 9/21/2018 5:36:00 PM

Orcas Island, with the seasons beginning to change. Steamboat Rock State Park Visits in 2015: 571,527 This state park, on the north end of Banks Lake and not far from the Grand Coulee Dam. The park ta

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Power struggle: How a bitcoin mining boom is transforming apple country, one megawatt at a time


Date: 9/11/2018 8:30:00 AM

Roosevelt Lake created by the dam’s construction to supply water to Banks Lake, just over the hill from the main distribution towers that send electricity from the sleepy town of Grand Coulee to the r

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 6

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 9/5/2018 5:34:00 PM

Banks Lake trollers are finding similar results on the same setup in about 30 feet of water. WDFW Chelan/Douglas District Fish Biologist Travis Maitland reports sturgeon are still being caught in the

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 30

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 8/29/2018 5:53:00 PM

Despite smoke and wind, Banks Lake anglers are taking some nice walleye and a few large perch. Bottom walkers with Slow Death rigs and Smile Blades have been effective in various depths from 15 to 35

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Top BBQ chefs to compete at festival here

Grand Coulee

Date: 8/29/2018 10:53:00 AM

The Pacific Northwest BBQ Association will be bringing their competition to Banks Lake Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16. The event runs on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sund

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• River: Upper Grand Coulee
• Length: 91 Miles
• Surface Area: 26,880 Acres
• Volume: 1,275,000 Acre Feet
• Average Depth: 46 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 177 feet
• Length: 27 Miles
Banks Lake is a man-made impoundment in a 27-mile portion of a natural coulee. Most of the 91 miles of shoreline are ringed with basalt cliffs and talus slopes. There are about 23 islands in the reservoir.

Banks Lake can be fished year-round and is a great vacation destination. Stretching almost 27 miles from Coulee City at the south to Electric City at the north, this large reservoir is very popular with anglers pursuing many species.

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. Fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout, walleye, kokanee, black crappie, bullhead, and whitefish. Developed camping facilities are also available. Call 1-800-452-5687. Wildlife area information.


There are 9 public access points to Banks Lake. The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) maintains 6 of these. In addition, there is access to Banks Lake at 1 city park, 1 state park and 1 privately-owned camping resort. Please see our boat ramp page for details on public access to Banks Lake, Washington - U.S.A.


See the Washington State Parks website for handicap access to Washington's outdoors.

This information courtesy of the - Banks Lake, WA Aug-22-2014
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department (WFWD) - Banks Lake, WA Aug-22-2014
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