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LCRA reopens Lake Travis to public, closes last open floodgate

Austin American-Statesman

Date: 11/7/2018 8:20:00 AM

Lake Travis has been reopened for public use, the Lower Colorado River Authority announced Wednesday. The LCRA closed Lake Travis and the other Highland Lakes on the Colorado River after historic floo

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Banks Lake partial drawdown proposed

The Valdosta Daily Times

Date: 10/30/2018 8:44:00 AM

LAKELAND — Personnel at Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge are proposing a partial drawdown of Banks Lake this winter. The drawdown intends to control emergent aquatic vegetation and invasive water h

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Grayslake Man Accused Of Robbing Banks In Lake Forest, Deerfield

USA Patch

Date: 10/25/2018 10:09:00 AM

CHICAGO — The FBI believes a Grayslake man carried out a pair of bank robberies last winter in Deerfield and Lake Forest. According to federal investigators, the man scouted out each bank before

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Oct. 18

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 10/17/2018 5:08:00 PM

Sometimes a spot that seems barren will suddenly get hot when the right lure is presented. Experimenting is half the fun. Banks Lake walleye were hard to find this week, but there are plenty of smallm

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Washington ranchers struggle with fire recovery

Capital Press

Date: 10/9/2018 9:26:00 AM

They held them without the help of dogs. Another 100 pair found similar shelter on their own. Eight pair that “went off a 450-foot cliff” above Banks Lake. “We found their bodies later at the bottom,”

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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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