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Golfers finally get to compete; busy week of make-up matches

The Star

Date: 4/25/2017 7:47:00 PM

The next matches this week are both at home at Banks Lake Golf Course. On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., LR plays Pateros and Oroville, and on Friday at 2:30 they play Omak

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Mid-Columbia sports calendar published April 24

Tri-City Herald

Date: 4/24/2017 7:07:00 PM

All games are at the Richland Community Center except the 12:30 p.m. Monday game. The Gordon Steinmetz Memorial Spring Walleye Classic at Banks Lake is May 20-21. Boats will launch from Coulee Playland in Electric City. Tournament entry forms are

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New species unveiled at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Southport Visiter

Date: 4/23/2017 5:09:00 AM

The African spoonbill usually lives near shallow inland waters, its habitat includes river banks, lake shores, marshes, plains, savannas, swamps, and water-meadows. The African Spoonbill is usually a shy and alert bird and is usually found singly

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Federal shutdown: What would close, what stays open

Valdosta Daily Times

Date: 4/22/2017 6:14:00 AM

The small Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Lanier County — which is managed by the Okefenokee refuge staff — would be closed as well, even though the bigger refuge rarely sends workers to Lanier, she said Banks Lake — long a magnet for area

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Head east of Cascades for trout opening day derby fun

The Seattle Times

Date: 4/21/2017 8:30:00 AM

One derby entrant will be able to guess a four-digit number and could win $50,000.00! The other derby is the annual Banks Lake Triple Fish Challenge and is a two-day event. Anglers must turn in a smallmouth bass, rainbow trout and a walleye each day of the

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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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