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Survey tabulated, Pathway and Revitalization plan ready for council

The Star

Date: 2/15/2017 11:11:00 AM

Would like sidewalk improvement, not trails that would raise taxes. • Would be great to walk from the park, Safeway, to get ice cream, or to Banks Lake Pub, or show new people the town. Better to improve city for all than water trail for few. In the

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CBDL leader’s farm a year older than Columbia Basin Project

Columbia Basin Herald

Date: 2/9/2017 4:00:00 AM

Although it became more costly than originally anticipated, the government started building Grand Coulee Dam, Banks Lake and the project in 1933. The dam was finished in 1942, but the irrigation part of the plan was held up because of World War II

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Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for Dec. 8

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 2/8/2017 1:53:00 PM

Banks Lake is completely frozen this year and has been providing good ice fishing. WDFW fish biologist Aulin Smith reports anglers are mostly catching lake whitefish on shrimp and Swedish Pimple lures. Some burbot are also being taken along with a random

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‘Two-tripping,’ Illegal Gillnetting Once Again Seen During Banks Whitefish Spawn

Date: 2/8/2017 1:31:00 PM

Whitefish, poachers and state fish and wildlife officers are once again mixing it up on the north end of Banks Lake in Washington’s Grant County. The fish gather here in winter to spawn, attracting those who elect to do their fishing with gillnets and/or

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Cold catch

The Star

Date: 2/8/2017 9:52:00 AM

Alex Yeutushok, from Portland, Oregon, pulls a whitefish from a hole in the ice while fishing on Banks Lake with his friends Thursday afternoon. Using salad shrimp as bait, he used a fishfinder and a very thin line almost invisible in the water

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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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