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Protecting environment: Local governments should do more in 2019

New Vision

Date: 1/18/2019 5:45:00 AM

With several legal regimes delegating powers to even make customised ordinances at the districts and bylaws at the sub counties, cases like illegal use of wetland resources, waste management, encroach

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Eagle eye

Grand Coulee

Date: 1/16/2019 11:44:00 AM

An American bald eagle casts a wary eye toward a photographer across Federal Avenue, near The Star Jan. 9. The area is popular with the big birds for winter nesting, especially during winters when Ban

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Fed shutdown affects South Georgia

The Valdosta Daily Times

Date: 1/12/2019 5:50:00 AM

"People just assume we're closed too," he said. Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Lanier County is still open. It has no ranger staff of its own, depending on personnel from the Okefenokee to vis

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 10

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 1/9/2019 4:33:00 PM

It’s too early for the fish to be staging, so anglers must keep moving to find the moving schools. Several Banks Lake whitefish over 20 inches have come to net. There is no ice. This is also a good ti

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Fish pens fate soon to be decided

Grand Coulee

Date: 1/9/2019 9:58:00 AM

State wildlife authorities will try to help a local group find a way to keep operating the fish-raising pens that release 300,000 fish a year into Banks Lake, but that may come to an end if volunteers

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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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