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Whitemans excel on the golf course

Grand Coulee

Date: 3/21/2018 11:38:00 AM

Three cousins led the Raider golf team Monday in competing at home on the Banks Lake Golf Course, playing nine holes in sunny weather with fellow golfers from Omak and Okanogan. "The weather was amazing, and even though the course has yet to open

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Lake Albert residents want their willow trees back in blue-green algae crisis

The Daily Advertiser

Date: 3/15/2018 10:53:00 PM

After three months of getting up close and personal with blue-green algae, Lake Albert’s residents believe one solution might be to bring back the much-loved willow trees to the lake’s banks. Lake Albert has always been particularly susceptible to

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Nora the explorer puts local wildlife on YouTube

Grand Coulee

Date: 3/14/2018 10:17:00 AM

One video shows a coyote howling on the ice of Banks Lake, while another shows a close-up of a young bald eagle eating a fish. Eagles trying to catch coots, an eagle swooping down close to a coyote, a hawk eating a mouse - these are just some of the other

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Elaine E. Banks

Watertown Daily Times Online

Date: 3/12/2018 10:44:00 AM

LAKE MILLS -- Elaine E. Banks, 91, of Lake Mills, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Lilac Springs. Elaine was born on Aug. 4, 1926, in Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of Alfred and Kathryn (Schneiberger) Ernst. She met the love of her life, John

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Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for March 1

The Spokesman-Review

Date: 2/28/2018 12:05:00 PM

Info: 206-471-8036. Some nice walleye catches have also been reported from Banks Lake The Columbia County trout lakes near the Last Resort on the Tucannon River, are mostly ice free and have been stocked with catchables and jumbos for today’s opener

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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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