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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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The Backstory: The story behind ‘The State of Our Being’

The Seattle Times

Date: 10/4/2018 7:00:00 AM

In addition to these summer days on the farm were family vacations that included following a rattlesnake’s trail in the sand beneath Steamboat Rock at Banks Lake; early-morning razor-clam digging at O

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Oct. 4

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 10/3/2018 5:53:00 PM

Gloyd Seeps Unit between Stratford and Moses Lake. The Quincy Lakes Unit near the town of Quincy. The Dry Falls area at the south end of Banks Lake Unit. Quail harvest in the Chelan and Douglas county

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Sept. 27

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 9/26/2018 5:55:00 PM

The bigger ones run to 10 inches, but many are much smaller. Banks Lake has been giving up some decent walleye and perch to trollers probing depths of around 50 feet. Slow Death Hooks and nightcrawler

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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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• 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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