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Improved conditions keep fire from Coulee Dam; evacuations underway near Kettle Falls

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 8/12/2018 1:39:00 PM

The town of Coule Dam and the surrounding areas are split between level two and three evacuations with the homes West of the Columbia River at level three and North of Banks Lake Feeder canal at level

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Anacortes photographer publishing book of state's landscapes

Skagit Valley Herald

Date: 8/11/2018 10:41:00 AM

“Crescent Lake, the rain forest, out on the coast, western foothills of the Cascades leading up into the mountains, Eastern Washington’s Banks Lake and the Sun Lakes area,” he rattled off while sittin

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All About That Bass

The Chronicle

Date: 8/8/2018 9:07:00 PM

“I think we have just as many bass anglers in Western Washington, but in terms of destination, absolutely, it’s Eastern Washington,” said Garrett, who listed off Potholes Reservoir, Moses Lake, Banks

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Sagebrush and Apple Blossoms: Exploring Washington State’s Desert Country

Rider Magazine

Date: 7/24/2018 2:15:00 PM

Washington State Route 155 runs alongside scenic Banks Lake, a 27-mile-long reservoir with a corrugated shoreline. Nighthawk is one of America’s least frequented border crossings. The postage stamp of

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Missouri River Fishing Report for week of July 23

Capital Journal

Date: 7/24/2018 12:37:00 AM

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about high water and flooding. While there is some high water on the reservoirs, we are not flooding. If you have questions, give us a call or send us an email an

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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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