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daily lives are filled with annoyances, irritants and distractions. Luckily, all of those things can be washed away with a good, old-fashioned, road trip adventure deep into Coulee Country and along the shores of Lake Roosevelt. Let the beautiful scenery, fresh air, cooling waters and amazing wildlife help you recharge your internal batteries and forget about, even if for just a short while, all the headaches our modern lives contain. Give your eyes a rest from your bright smart phone screen and instead get lost in the warm glow of a roaring campfire. Trade in the rush hour congestion for a wide open, smog free, hiking trail. Grab some binoculars, find some local birds and let your ears enjoy the original form of “tweeting.” These and many more activities are outlined in this travel guide. So unplug, unwind, and enjoy the adventure of getting away from it all.

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oulee Country and Lake Roosevelt offer a diverse selection when it comes to spending the night in the great outdoors. From the rocky, sagebrush locales along the southern half of the Coulee to the pine canopied, lake shore sites along the upper Roosevelt. In between there are many great adventures awaiting you. Whether you are a tent camper, RV aficionado, or cabin dweller, you can camp on the beach, in the mountains, or at the foot of a towering cliff of solid rock. Some campgrounds offer modern conveniences like electricity, running water flush toilets and WiFi access while other locations provide a primitive, “get away from it all” sort of experience. What we’re getting at is whatever type of camping you desire, Eastern Washington has you covered. In this chapter you can find campground locations (with GPS coordinates for each one), types (tent, RV, cabins, etc.), amenities, and contact information, including web and street addresses.

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CAMPING When camping in the region, be aware that many locations within the Coulee are prone to high winds. The high cliffs on the sides of the coulee act as a funnel when the wind blows, so be sure to bring your tent stakes and keep an eye on your folding chairs and small pets... they might blow away! While on the subject of being aware, it is not uncommon to come across the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake while in the arid, rocky area of Coulee Country and lower Lake Roosevelt. So always watch where you step and where you sit. Many campgrounds are VERY popular with out-of-towners and locals alike, so during the Summer (especially on weekends) it is a good practice to call ahead and make reservations, if the campground allows them. Holiday weekends such as Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day are often times booked solid, sometimes many months or a year in advance. If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of some wildlife, you are in luck. In addition to being a very popular destination for bird watchers (see page 52), the area is home to badgers, bears, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, deer, elk, otters, rabbits, and yes, skunks too. Who knows, if you keep your eyes peeled you might even spot Bigfoot.


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Potholes State Park

6762 Highway 262 East • Othello, WA 99344 Reservations: Online or 888.226.7688 www: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks GPS: 46.97088,-119.34869 TYPE/#: Tent (61), Utility (60) Amenities: 4 Restrooms (2 ADA), 4 Showers (2 ADA), Group Camping, Picnic Area, Dump Station

Named not for a city street in disrepair but instead for the ice age flood created “minilakes” found in the area, Potholes State Park sits on the southwestern shore of Potholes Reservoir (aka O’Sullivan Reservoir). The park totals 640 acres and includes 6,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. Both tent and RV camping sites are available. There is also a group camp for 50 or fewer people. Despite the surrounding area being classified as desert terrain, you wouldn’t know it while inside the park. Several large grassy areas framed by tall poplars and stately shade trees are just waiting for you to enjoy. A year-round creek near the group camp offers bass and trout fishing. The park is open all year for camping and day use. Check-in time for camping is 2:30pm, check-out is at 1pm, and you will be asked to observe the park-wide “Quiet Hours” between 10pm and 6am. That means all you bird watchers looking to work on your bird calls need to remember to hold practice sessions during daylight hours only. Tweet tweet!

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MarDon Resort

8198 Highway 262 SE • Othello, WA 99344 Reservations: Online, 800.416.2736 or 509.346.2651 www: http://www.mardonresort.com email: info@mardonresort.com GPS: 46.96608,-119.32036 TYPE: Tent, RV, Cottages, Lodges, Motel Rooms Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Marina/ Boat Launch, Dock Fishing, Swim Beach, Picnic Areas, Playground, Tackle/Gift Store, Bar & Grill, Cafe, General Store, Fish/Game Cleaning Station, Dump Station

No matter how you want to sleep through the night, MarDon has you covered (sometimes literally.) Want to camp in your tent? Check. In your RV? Ditto. In a cottage, lodge or motel? Ok, yes and granted. Not only does this popular resort offer a plethora of choices for your nights, they have plenty of options to occupy your days too. Swimming, fishing tournaments, a marina with watercraft rentals, concerts, and wine tasting tours just to name a few. Plus, they offer seasonal dune camping by the shore. How cool is that?

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O’Sullivan Sportsman Resort

6897 Highway 262 SE • Othello, WA 99344 Phone: 509.346.2447 www: http://www.osullivansportsmanresort.com email: osullivan@scml.us GPS: 46.969933, -119.345919 Type/#: RV, Tent, Cabins Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Pool, Sauna, Hot Tub, Recreations Center, WiFi, Family Area/ Playground, Golf (#3 on page 63), Cardio/Weight Room, Café Sports Bar, Mini-mart/Gas, Beauty Salon, Jet Ski Rentals, Propane, 24-Hour Security

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Sage Hills

10400 Sage Hills Rd. SE • Warden, WA 98857 Toll-Free: 888.628.3066 www: http://www.sagehillsgolfresort.net GPS: 46.92699,-119.13434 Type/#: RV(42), Tent Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Pool, Golf, Picnic Area, Recreation Hall, Restaurant, Lounge, Propane Gas. For more information on golf course, see page 63.

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Suncrest Resort

303 Hansen Road • Moses Lake, WA 98837 Reservations: 509.765.0355 www: http://www.suncrestresort.com GPS: 47.10573,-119.34503 Type/#: RV(83), Tent(please call for availability) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Pool, Water Slides, Spa, Picnic Tables, Clubhouse, WiFi, Playground, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Arcade, Small Store, Pet Area

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Cascade Campground

Cascade Park • Moses Lake, WA 98837 Reservations: 509.764.3805 Phone: 509.766.9240 www: http://www.mlrec.com GPS: 47.13932,-119.31130 Type/#: RV(41), Tent(33), Group camping Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Boat Launch & Moorage, Picnic Area, Playground, Dump Station, Ice and Firewood available for purchase.

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Grant County Fairgrounds

3953 Airway Dr. NE • Moses Lake, WA 98837 Phone: 509.765.3581 www: http://www.gcfairgrounds.com GPS: 47.14172,-119.30869 Type/#: RV/Tent (500+) Includes 56 full hookups (sewer, water & electric) and 188 partial hookups (water, electric, & WiFi). Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Picnic Area, Fire Pits (in select locations), WiFi (in select locations)

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Oasis RV Park and Golf Resort

2541 Basin Street SW • Ephrata, WA 98823 Phone: 877.754.5102 www: http://www.oasisrvandgolfresort.com email: info@oasisrvandgolfresort.com GPS: 47.28484,-119.57772 Type/#: RV, Tent Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Pool, Picnic Area, WiFi, Hiking, Playground, Golf (page 64), MiniGolf, Basketball, Horseshoes, Youth Fishing Pond, Convenience Store, Propane, Dump Station

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Soap Lake RV Resort

22818 Highway 17 N. • Soap Lake, WA 98851 Phone: 509.246.0413 Reservations: Online PDF Form or 509.246.0413 www: http://soaplakervresort.com GPS: 47.42392,-119.49679 Type/#: Tents/RV(123), Rental Trailers(5) Amenities: Restrooms, Laundry, Swim Beach, Pool, Hot Tub, Picnic Area, Clubhouse, WiFi, Playground, Putt Putt Golf, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Youth Arcade, Play Court, Fish Cleaning Station, Dump Station


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Blue Lake Resort

31199 Hwy 17 N. • Coulee City, WA. 99115 Phone: 509.632.5364 www: http://www.bluelakeresortwashington.com/ GPS: 47.54485,-119.46752 Type/#: Tent(27), RV(69), Cabins(10) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Swim Beach, Marina, Boat Launch, Boat Rentals, Playground, Putt Putt Golf, Horseshoes, Groceries/Camping Supplies, Espresso/ Italian Sodas, Fish Cleaning Station, Propane, Dump Station, RV/Boat Storage, Bus service to Moses Lake and Grand Coulee Dam available.

Nestled amongst the high cliffs that run between Soap Lake and Coulee City lies the Blue Lake Resort. The campground offers tent and RV camping, as well as airconditioned cabins. The resort has a boat ramp and marina for access onto beautiful Blue Lake and even has boat rentals for those in need of a watercraft. 11

Coulee Lodge Resort

33017 Park Lake Road NE • Coulee City, WA 99115 Reservations: 509.632.5565 www: http://couleelodgeresort.com email: couleelodgeresort@odessaoffice.com GPS: 47.57244,-119.43627 Type/#: Tent, RV, Cabins/Mobiles(16) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Swim Beach, Boat Launch, Boat Rental & Moorage, Picnic Tables, General Store with Tackle/Bait , Fish Cleaning Station, Gas (for boats), Propane

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Laurent’s Sun Village Resort

33575 Park Lake Road NE • Coulee City, WA 99115 Reservations: 509.632.5664 www: http://laurentsresort.com GPS: 47.57366,-119.42505 Type: Tent, RV, Trailer, Cabins Amenities: Swim Beach, Boat Launch, Boat Rental & Moorage, Playground, Volleyball

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Sun Lakes Park Resort

34228 Park Lake Road NE • Coulee City, WA 99115 Phone: 509.632.5291 Reservations: BY MAIL ONLY beginning 1/1 (printable form available online) then by phone starting 2/1 www: http://www.sunlakesparkresort.com GPS: 47.59110,-119.39534 Type: RV, Tent, Cabins Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Swim Beach, Heated Pool, WiFi, Marina, Boat Launch, Row/Pedal Boat Rentals, Picnic Area, Playground, Golf (#8 on page 64), Mini-Golf, Water Wars, Groceries/Convenience Store, Gift Shop, Café, Ice Cream, Fish Cleaning Station, Dump Station, Big Rig Friendly.

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Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

34875 Park Lake Road NE • Coulee City, WA 99115 Reservations: Online or 888.226.7688 www: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks GPS: 47.58978,-119.39081 Type/#: Standard(152), Utility(39), Group Camping(tent only, up to 75 people) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Swim Beach, Marina, Boat Launch, Row/Pedal Boat Rentals, Hiking, Picnic Area, Playground, Golf (#8 on page 64), MiniGolf, Horseshoes, Groceries/Convenience Store, Gift Shop, CafÊ, Ice Cream, Visitor/Interpretive Center, Fish Cleaning Station, Dump Station

Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park is a hotbed of activity. Located on the northern end of Park Lake, the State Park along with next door neighbor Sun Lakes Park Resort, attract many vacationers looking to relax. Within walking distance of the campground lies a handful of lakes, several trails, a 9-hole scottish links style golf course, a mini-golf course, an amphitheater, swimming area, metal detecting area, concession stands, two boat ramps and a marina with boat rentals. Group camping is also available. The area is a popular spot for bird and wildlife watching, but be on the lookout for poison oak as it can be found along the trails. Located just 2 miles north of the main park is the Dry Falls Visitor Center and Viewpoint where you can take in the grandeur of Dry Falls and learn about the massive ice age floods that helped create them. The Visitor Center is open daily and admission is by donation. 15

Ankeny Access

2 miles west of Coulee City on north side of Highway 2 Phone: 509.765.6641 Email: colbaswa@dfw.wa.gov GPS: 47.62682,-119.33324 Type: Primitive Amenities: Vault Toilet, Boat Launch

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Coulee City Community Park

Highway 2 in Coulee City Phone: 509.632.5331 GPS: 47.61588,-119.29288 Type/#: Tent(115), RV(55) Amenities: Restrooms, Swim Beach, Marina, Boat Launch, Hiking, Playground, Picnic Area, Dump Station

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GPS: 47.82948,-119.13388 Type/#: Tent(26), Utility(136), Primitive Boat-in(12) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Snack Shop, Hiking

17: Northrup Point

GPS: 47.86810,-119.09246 (West side of road) Amenities: Showers, Drinking Water, Boat Ramp, Dump Station

18: Northrup Canyon

GPS: 47.86810,-119.09246 (East side of road) Type/#: 5 campsites for equestrian campers. Reservations required, call 509.633.1304 Amenities: Vault Toilets, Hiking

19: Jones Bay

GPS: 47.88823,-119.08094 Type/#: Group(20-50 people), Primitive(44) - first come, first served Amenities: Vault Toilets (additional amenities available at Northrup Point , 2 miles south)

20: Osborn Bay

GPS: 47.91769,-119.05450 Type/#: Primitive(36) - first come, first served Amenities: Vault Toilets

Steamboat Rock State Park covers 3,522 acres with 50,000 feet of shoreline and is one of the most popular state parks in all of Washington. Due to that fact, we recommend that you call ahead and make a reservation, especially for stays during weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The rock itself towers 800 feet over the campsites giving the Steamboat Rock Campground a very unique and scenic setting. There is a very nice day use area complete with swimming beach, volleyball court, basketball court, playground and concession stand. Several trails are in the area, including one that winds its way up to the top of the 600-acre Steamboat Plateau and another that ventures up Northrup Canyon which is popular with equestrians. There are also several trails just south of the park’s boundary perfect for walking, jogging, biking or even bird watching. Primitive, boat-in and group camping sites are also available at the park.

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Sunbanks Lake Resort

57662 Highway 155 North • Electric City, WA 99123 Reservations: 888.822.7195 or 509.633.3786 www: http://www.sunbanksresort.com email: SunbanksResort@yahoo.com GPS: 47.92618,-119.04757 Type/#: Tent & RV (182, including group areas), Cabins (20), Villas (21), Lagos (5), Beachfront Cottages (2) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Swim Beach, Lodge, Banquet Facilities, Marina, Boat Launch, Jet Ski & Ski Boat Rentals, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Arcade, General Store, Restaurant & Lounge, Espresso, Fish Cleaning Station, Dump Station, Gas, Propane

At Sunbanks you can “rough it” in a tent or stay in luxury at a lake view villa (plus other options in between). Whatever option you choose, your days will be filled with fun cruising the lake on a rental jet ski, going swimming, catching some fish, playing a round of mini-golf or chilling at the cantina. 23

Coulee Playland Resort

401 Coulee Blvd. East • Electric City, WA 99123 Reservations: 509.633.2671 www: http://www.couleeplayland.com GPS: 47.93432,-119.03021 Type/#: RV (65), Tent, Yurts Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, WiFi, Boat Rentals, General Store, Clothing/Swimwear, Marine Fuel

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King’s Court RV Park

212 E. Grand Coulee Ave. • Grand Coulee WA, 99133 Reservations: 800.759.2608 Phone: 509.633.3655 www: http://www.kingscourtrv.com/ email: ask@kingscourtrv.com GPS: 47.93418,-118.99749 Type/#: RV (32), Tenting also available Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Propane, Free Shuttle to Laser Light Show for guests

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Carl Precht Memorial RV Park

Eastside Park • Omak, WA Phone: 509.826.1170 www: http://omakcity.com/rv_park.html GPS: 48.41151,-119.51820 Type/#: Tent, RV, Pull Through (68 total) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Picnic Area, Playground, Basketball Court, Walking Trails

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Spring Canyon (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 47.92462,-118.95558 Type/#: Tent/RV(87), Group Amenities: Restrooms, Comfort Station (seasonal), Phone, Info/Ranger Station, Drinking Water, Picnic Area with Shelter, BBQ Grills, Hiking Trail, Playground, Swimming, Swim Shower, Boat Launch, Winter Boat Launch, Boat Dock, Dump Station (Trailer & Boat)

Spring Canyon has all the amenities you look for in a campground: boat dock/ launch, swimming area, picnic facilities, nature trail, park information station, and even ranger led interpretive programs and events. All this plus you are close to several cities for last minute supplies. The campground is just minutes away from the popular tourist destination and engineering marvel Grand Coulee Dam. Home to one of the best dam laser light shows you’ll ever see! (Summer only) 27

Plum Point (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 47.94866,-118.86688 Type/#: Tent(4) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Dock

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Keller Ferry (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 47.92681,-118.69007 Type/#: Tent/RV(55), Group(2/reservation only) Amenities: Restrooms, Comfort Station(seasonal), Telephone, Drinking Water, Picnic Area with Shelter, BBQ Grills, Playground, Swimming, Swim Shower, Boat Launch, Winter Boat Launch, Marina, Boat Fuel, Dump Station (Trailer & Boat)

Keller Ferry is a popular destination, especially for campers with boats. The campground features a nice water access facility complete with marina and boat fuel depot. The site also has a comfort station, swimming area, picnic/BBQ grills and group camping. The campground is located at the southern port of the Keller Ferry, giving quick access to the north side of Lake Roosevelt and beyond. 29

Keller Park

Maintained by the Colville Tribe Phone: 509.634.3145 GPS: 48.05152,-118.66728 Type/#: Tent/RV(22) Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Area, BBQ Pits, Swimming Area, Boat Docks

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Goldsmith (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: NA Type/#: Tent(3) Amenities: Vault Toilet

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Penix (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 47.91818,-118.58661 Type/#: Tent(3) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Dock

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Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 47.91997,-118.58219 Type/#: Tent(9) Amenities: Restrooms, Boat Launch, Boat Dock

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Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 47.87635,-118.46813 Type/#: Tent(5) Amenities: Vault Toilet

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Ponderosa (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 47.94114,-118.21603 Type/#: Tent(8) Amenities: Vault Toilet

Hawk Creek (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 47.81543,-118.32430 Type/#: Tent/RV(21) Amenities: Restrooms, Drinking Water, Boat Launch

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Crystal Cove (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 47.93589,-118.24693 Type/#: Tent(3) Amenities: Vault Toilet

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Detillion (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 47.93561,-118.21040 Type/#: Tent(12) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Drinking Water, Boat Dock

Seven Bays (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 47.85605,-118.33788 Type/#: Tent/RV Amenities: Restrooms, Telephone, Restaurant, Drinking Water, Boat Launch, Winter Boat Launch, Marina, Boat Fuel, Dump Station (Boat)

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Porcupine Bay (NPS)

Photo by Mary Requejo

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 47.89603,-118.17641 Type/#: Tent/RV(31) Amenities: Restrooms, Comfort Station, Telephone, Drinking Water, Picnic Area, BBQ Grills, Playground, Swimming, Boat Launch, Dump Station (Trailer & Boat)

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Fort Spokane (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 47.90866,-118.31185 Type/#: Tent/RV(67), Group(2/reservation only) Amenities: Restrooms, Comfort Station(seasonal), Telephone, Drinking Water, Picnic Area with Shelter, BBQ Grills, Hiking Trails, Interpretive Trail, Playground, Swimming, Swim Shower, Boat Launch, Winter Boat Launch, Dump Station (Trailer)

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Enterprise (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 48.03766,-118.26482 Type/#: Tent(13) Amenities: Vault Toilet

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Maintained by the Colville Tribe Phone: 509.634.3145 GPS: 48.06965,-118.26164 Type/#: Tent/RV(22) Amenities: Outhouses, Picnic Area, Swimming Areas

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Two Rivers

Maintained by the Spokane Tribe Phone: 509.722.4029 www: http://www.two-rivers-resort.com GPS: 47.90474,-118.32471 Type/#: Tent(32), RV(101), Cabins(4) Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Restaurant, Drinking Water, Picnic Area, BBQ Grills, Playground, Boat Launch, Marina, Boat Fuel, Dump Station (Trailer)

Two Rivers is a vacation just waiting to happen. The large campground has RV and tent camping that offer great sunset views over Lake Roosevelt, as well as a gathering pavilion, playgrounds and large day use area. The large marina provides watercraft rentals, including a huge fleet of fully equipped houseboats. If that isn’t enough, there’s also the big name summer concerts at the amphitheater and the Two Rivers Casino full of vegas-style gaming, entertainment and dining experiences. 42

White Willow Motel & RV

6289 Highway 25 S. • Fruitland, WA 99129 Phone: 509.722.3640 Toll-Free: 888.276.2387 www: http://www.whitewillowmotel.com email: whitewillowmotel@yahoo.com GPS: 47.96968,-118.30204 Type/#: RV(12), Motel Amenities: Water & Electric Hookup, Playground

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Wilmont Creek

Maintained by the Colville Tribe Phone: 509.634.3145 GPS: 48.05473,-118.30052 Type/#: Tent/RV(10) Amenities: Outhouses, Picnic Area, Swimming Areas

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Hunters (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.12554,-118.23117 Type/#: Tent/RV(39), Group(3/reservation only) Amenities: Restrooms, Comfort Station, Drinking Water, Picnic Area with Shelter, BBQ Grills, Playground, Swimming Area, Swim Shower, Boat Launch, Winter Boat Launch, Dump Station (Trailer)

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Inchelium

Maintained by the Colville Tribe Phone: 509.634.3145 GPS: 48.27341,-118.15096 Type/#: Group(8) Amenities: Pit Toilets, Grills, Picnic Tables, Swim Area (A boat ramp is a short distance north between the ferry and campground)

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Gifford (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.28638,-118.13940 Type/#: Tent/RV(42), Group(1/reservation only) Amenities: Restrooms, Telephone, Drinking Water, Picnic Area, Boat Launch, Winter Boat Launch, Marina, Boat Fuel, Dump Station (Trailer & Boat)

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Cloverleaf (NPS)

Walk-in/Boat-in campground GPS: 48.29718,-118.14654 Type/#: Tent(9) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Drinking Water, Picnic Area, BBQ Grills, Swimming Area, Boat Dock

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Barnaby Creek & Barnaby Is.

Maintained by the Colville Tribe Phone: 509.634.3145 GPS: 48.45283,-118.22216 Island: 48.44543,-118.21564 Type/#: Tent/RV(3), Island has 2 Amenities: Picnic Area


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Haag Cove (NPS)

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Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.56059,-118.15959 Type/#: Tent/RV(16) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Drinking Water, Picnic Area, Boat Dock

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Kettle Falls (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.60108, -118.11959 Type/#: Tent/RV(76), Group(2/reservation only) Amenities: Restrooms, Comfort Station(seasonal), Telephone, Drinking Water, Picnic Area with Shelter, BBQ Grills, Hiking Trail, Playground, Swimming, Swim Shower, Boat Launch, Winter Boat Launch, Marina, Boat Fuel, Dump Station (Trailer & Boat)

Kettle Falls Campground and Marina is a popular camping destination. Large pine trees give ample shade and if you can get a “cliffside” site along the lake, you’ll have a nice view of the lake. Ranger programs include canoe trips and special events at the campground amphitheater. The park boasts a swimming beach, playground and softball fields about a mile south of the campground which are connected by a trail that passes through the site of the original town of Kettle Falls from before the dam existed. Also located by the old townsite is the Locust Grove group camping area. 53

Summer Island (NPS)

Boat-only campground, Pack in-Pack out GPS: 48.68611,-118.03439 Type/#: Tent(6) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Dock

Evans (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.69926,-118.01750 Type/#: Tent/RV(43), Group(1/reservation only) Amenities: Restrooms, Comfort Station(seasonal), Drinking Water, Picnic Area with Shelter, BBQ Grills, Swimming Area, Swim Shower, Boat Launch, Boat Dock, Dump Station (Trailer)

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Snag Cove (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.73341,-118.06003 Type/#: Tent/RV(9) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Drinking Water, Boat Launch, Boat Dock

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North Gorge (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.78642,-118.00312 Type/#: Tent/RV(12) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Drinking Water, Boat Launch, Boat Dock

Kamloops Island (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.67864, -118.11706 Type/#: Tent/RV(17) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Drinking Water, Boat Dock

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Kettle River (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.71501, -118.12157 Type/#: Tent/RV(13) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Drinking Water, Boat Dock

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Marcus Island (NPS)

Reservations: 877.444.6777 or www.recreation.gov GPS: 48.66921, -118.05329 Type/#: Tent/RV(27) Amenities: Vault Toilet, Comfort Station, Drinking Water, Picnic Area, Swimming Area, Boat Launch, Dump Station (Trailer)

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“Ever y o n e s h o u ld b e l i e v e in so m e t h i n g ; I b e l i e v e I’ l l g o f i s h in g . ” -H e n r y D a v i d Th o re a u

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hat’s better than a summer day, a bunch of friends, a shimmering lake, some fishing gear and a boat? It is a combination that can’t be beat. Sure, you always run the risk of one goofball standing at the bow screaming, “I’m king of the world!” or “I’m on a boat!”. Once you take a look around at the scenery and start catching some hefty Bass, Walleye or Trout you will realize it’s all worth it. Listed in this chapter are the major bodies of water found in the Coulee Country and Lake Roosevelt areas, along with some basic stats, including size in acres, dates that fishing is open and the species of fish found in each location. In addition, we have listed each water access point, be it a boat launch, marina, hand launch or fishing dock. If it is an established spot to gain access to the water, it is listed here along with directions on how to find it, GPS coordinates, and specifics on the site such

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as boat launch surface type/grade and extras such as restrooms, swimming area, marine fuel, etc. Most of the access sites fall under the jurisdiction of just a handful of different government or tribal agencies. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Washington State Parks and Recreation Department (WSP), Colville Confederated Tribes and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are the ones you will see the most (along with some county, city and commercial access sites.) Each of these agencies have their own rules & regulations (see page 27) so you should be aware before you go and pay attention to any posted rules, so that you are in the know. Nothing can ruin a fun day in the sun faster than a fine or citation. You may notice that several WDFW access points allow camping, yet most of those are not listed in this guide’s camping chapter. What’s up with that? The reason is that these sites, while they do allow camping, do not have any designated spots specifically for camping and do not offer running water or electricity. Fishing and boating along the Coulee and on Lake Roosevelt are a great way to relax and relish Washington’s Summers. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the water!


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Scooteney Reservoir

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Lower Goose Lake

Acres: 685 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass (Smallmouth & Largemouth), Bluegill, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Lake Whitefish

Acres: 50 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Trout (Cutthroat & Rainbow), Walleye

Scooteney Park - Franklin County From Othello, E 1 mi on Hwy 26; R (south); go 11 mi on Hwy 17; R on Scooteney Park Rd; go .75 mi to park. Main Park GPS: 46.70494,-119.02492 South End GPS: 46.69992,-119.02330 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Ramps (main park ramp has moderate grade, ramp at south end has gentle to moderate grade), Loading Float

Main Access - WDFW From MarDon Resort at W end of O’Sullivan Dam, W .7 mi on Hwy 262; S on “H” SE 4 mi; L on Kulm Rd, 1.1 mi to WDFW sign, .6 mi to launch. GPS: 46.92404,-119.29514 Boat Launch: Gravel (moderate grade - uneven)

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Lower Hampton Lake

Acres: 26 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Rainbow Trout, Sunfish

Hutchinson Lake

Acres: 49 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Perch Main Access - FWS From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for 8.4 miles. Turn south onto Solbrack Road. Follow to end. GPS: 46.69992,-119.02330 Boat Launch: Natural

Main Access - WDFW From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for 4.9 miles. Turn right at Seep Lakes Rd. Go 2 miles; take sharp left after North Teal Lake. Follow road .8 mile to parking lot/trailhead/boat ramp. GPS: 46.93060,-119.18248 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank (gentle grade)

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Long Lake

Acres: 25 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Walleye Main Access - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go 3.5 mi; L at “Public Fishing” sign, go 4.75 mi on Seep Lakes Rd; R at “Long Lake” sign, go .25 mi to site. GPS: 46.92848,-119.19738 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade - rough approach) Extras: Restrooms

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Canal Lake

Acres: 92 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Rainbow Trout, Sunfish Northend - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi. R on Hwy 262; go 3.5 mi. L on Seep Lakes Rd; go 3.7 miles on gravel rd; L at Canal Lake sign; go .1 mi. GPS: 46.93007,-119.18103 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank (gentle grade) Extras: Restrooms, Fishing Platforms, Paved Trails

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Heart Lake

Acres: 26 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Rainbow Trout, Sunfish Main Access - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go 3.5 mi; L at “Public Fishing” sign (Seeps Lake Rd); go 3.75 mi; L at Heart Lake sign; go 1 mi. GPS: 46.93060,-119.18248 Boat Launch: Concrete plank (gentle grade) Extras: Shares facilities with Canal Lake

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Upper Goose Lake

Acres: 110 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth), Bluegill, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Walleye 8a: Upper Goose - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262 (O’Sullivan Dam Rd); go 6.5 mi; L at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge at E end of O’Sullivan Dam; go 2 mi to T, turn R, go 1.5 mi. GPS: 46.94117,-119.27281 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank 8b: Upper Goose #2 - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262 (O’Sullivan Dam Rd); go 6.5 mi; L to Columbia National Wildlife Refuge at E end of O’Sullivan Dam; go 2 mi to T, turn R, go 1 mi. GPS: 46.94592,-119.26598 Boat Launch: Natural (hand launch only)

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Fishing at Soda Lake

Corral Lake

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Acres: 78 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Rainbow Trout Northend - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262, go 10 mi to W end of O’ Sullivan Dam; L at “Public Fishing” sign, go .2 mi. GPS: 46.96942,-119.31067 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade - drop off at end) Extras: Restrooms

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Blythe Lake

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Acres: 32 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Rainbow Trout Main Access - FWS From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go 10 mi, past MarDon, L at “Public Fishing/Hunting” signs. GPS: 46.95865,-119.29354 Boat Launch: Gravel (moderatly steep)

When fishing and/or boating along the Coulee Corridor and on Lake Roosevelt you will need to have the proper use permits and licenses. All

Soda Lake

Acres: 180 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Lake Whitefish Access Points: 11a: Campground - FWS From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; W on Hwy 262 6.5 mi; L at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, go 1 mi to campground. GPS: 46.96902,-119.24731 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade) Extras: Restrooms, Covered Picnic Area 11b: Dam - FWS From Moses Lake, S 11 mi; R on Hwy 262 (O’Sullivan Dam Rd), go 6.5 mi; L at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge sign at E end of O’Sullivan Dam; go 2.2 mi. GPS: 46.95589,-119.23982 Boat Launch: Gravel

sites that are maintained by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) require a Vehicle Use Permit for parking and water access. When fishing on state lands/water, you will also need a fishing license. Both can be purchased online at wdfw.wa.gov. You’ll also want to make sure you are up to date on fishing rules , which can be found at the same web site. When fishing on

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Susan Lake

Acres: 30 Fish: Rainbow Trout

Dates Open: Year round

Main Access - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262, go 3.5 mi; L at “Public Fishing” sign, go 2.5 mi on gravel road; R at Susan-Katy Lakes sign; go .5 mi. GPS: 46.95794,-119.20089 Boat Launch: Hand Launch only Extras: Camping

tribal lands, a tribal permit will be required. Check with the tribes for prices and purchasing locations. State Park boat launches have a small fee for use, as do most National Park Service (NPS) sites on Lake Roosevelt. When in doubt, call or go online to learn about fees and permits so you don’t have any surprises (or citations) when you arrive!

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Warden Lake

Acres: 211 Dates Open: Last Sat in Apr - Sep 30. Fish: Trout (Brown & Rainbow) North Access - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go 2 mi; L at “Public Fishing” sign; go .2 mi on gravel road to parking area. GPS: 46.98097,-119.15873 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade - uneven) Extras: Restrooms.

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Potholes Reservoir

Acres: 28,200 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth), Bluegill, Bullhead (Brown & Yellow), Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Lake Whitefish. Access Points: Blythe - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 2.2 mi; R on ‘M’ SE; go 6.5 mi; R on Hwy 262 (O’Sullivan Dam Rd); go 7.1 mi; R at “Public Fishing” sign. GPS: 46.96980,-119.33538 Boat Launch: Double Plank (moderate grade) Extras: ADA Restrooms & Parking, Camping, Gated Crab Creek Launch - WDFW From Exit 174 on I-90, turn L; cross freeway; at “T”, turn R on Sage Rd, go 2.5 mi; L at “Public Fishing/ Public Hunting” signs on D.5 - NE, go 2.6 mi to “T”. L at “T”; follow road to its end. GPS: 47.06650,-119.35873 Boat Launch: Rock & Dirt Pit Run (gentle grade) Extras: Restrooms, Camping (very popular for RV campers) Glen Williams - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go 7 mi; R at “Public Fishing” sign to enter access site. GPS: 46.98192,-119.25470 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank Ramp (gentle grade) Extras: Restrooms, Camping, Gated Job Corps Dike - WDFW From Exit 174 on I-90, cross freeway, turn R; go 2.5 mi on Sage Rd. Turn L at “Public Fishing/ Public Hunting” signs; go 2.6 mi on D.5 - NE to “T”; turn R; go 1.1 mi to “Y”; keep to R; go 1.7 mi. GPS: 47.05913,-119.41508 Boat Launch: Pit Run( 3 separate access points) Extras: Boating is prohibited on the N. side of the dike. Lind Coulee-East Bridge - WDFW South from Moses Lake on Hwy 17, turn R on M SE, approx 6.1 mi, L before bridge. GPS: 46.99381,-119.20819 Boat Launch: Hand Launch only, no motorized boats Extras: Camping Lind Coulee-Island - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go 5 mi; R at “Public Fishing” sign .7 mi past “M” SE Rd. GPS: 46.98628,-119.22326 Boat Launch: Gravel, Hand Launch only, no motorized boats allowed Extras: Restrooms, Camping Lind Coulee-West Bridge - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17, 2.2 mi; R on M SE, go 6.1 mi; R just before Lind Coulee Bridge. GPS: 46.98966,-119.20993 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade) Extras: ADA Restrooms, Camping

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F I S H I N G & B O AT I N G MarDon Resort From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262 10 mi to W end of O’Sullivan Dam; R just past grocery store, R again at cafe. GPS: 46.96668,-119.32003 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Ramp (gentle grade, fee), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 11) Medicare East - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 2.2 mi from I-90; R on ‘M’ SE; go 5.3 mi; R on 6 SE, go 2.7 mi; L at “Public Fishing” sign; go .3 mi; R on gravel road to water. GPS: 46.99878,-119.27318 (approx) Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle to moderate) Extras: Camping Perch Point - WSP From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17, 2.2 mi from I-90; R on ‘M’ SE, go 5.3 mi; R on 6 SE, go 2.9 mi; pass Perch Point Store, go L on gravel road .1 mi. GPS: 46.99981,-119.27985 Boat Launch: Gravel & Sand Extras: Restrooms, Camping, Parking is rough & uneven Potholes State Park - WSP On I-90 at Moses Lake, take Exit 179; go S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go W 10 mi. R to state park. GPS: 46.98137,-119.34768 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Ramp (fee), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 11) Sampsons Pit - WDFW From Moses Lake, S on Hwy17 2.2 mi; R on ‘M’ SE 5.3 mi; R on 6 SE 1.6 mi; L on K.5 SE-follow gravel road .6 mi; go L; follow road down to lake. GPS: 46.98753,-119.25329 Boat Launch: Natural (soft sand), Hand Launch, no motorized boats Extras: Camping, Informal Parking Photo by Dale Fraser

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North Moses Lake - WDFW From Exit 179 on I-90, N on Hwy 17 10 mi; L on Neppel Rd; go 4 mi; L at WDFW entrance sign; go .2 mi on gravel road to site. GPS: 47.23150,-119.42729 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank (moderate grade) Extras: Restrooms, Camping

Moses Lake

Acres: 6,815 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth), Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Crawfish, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Lake Whitefish.

North Outlet - WDFW From Exit 174 on I-90, cross freeway, L on Sage Rd at “T”. R on Sand Dune Rd, go 1.5 mi to access site. GPS: 47.08362,-119.33353 Extras: ADA Restrooms and Dock, Parking, Camping

Access Points: Cascade Park - Moses Lake Parks & Rec From Exit 174 on I-90, N on Hwy 171; N on Stratford Rd; L on Valley Rd; go 1.7 mi; L at entrance sign to park. GPS: 47.13903,-119.31483 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Ramp (moderate to steep grade), Loading Float Extras: Restrooms, Picnic Area, BBQ Grills, Playground, Swimming, Camping (see page 12)

Peninsula Park - WDFW On I-90 westbound in Moses Lake take exit #176, turn right on Lakeshore, right on Wanapum, R on Peninsula, L on Battery. GPS: 47.09108,-119.31146

Connelly Park Exit 179 on I-90, N on Hwy 17 8 mi; L on McConihe Rd, go 150 ft.; Turn L; go down hill to park. GPS: 47.18613,-119.34962 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Ramp (gentle grade), Loading Float Extras: Restrooms, Picnic Area, BBQ Grills, Playground

South Outlet - WDFW From Moses Lake head west on I-90, take Mae Valley exit, cross over I-90 take left at T, go .5 miles and take a right, 2 miles to access. GPS: 47.07947,-119.33356 Extras: ADA Restrooms, Camping

Montlake Park - Moses Lake Parks & Rec From I-90, take Exit 179 (Hwy 17); go N 1.5 mi; R on Nelson St, go 3 blocks; L on Division St, go .75 mi; R on Linden Ave; go 2 blocks to park. GPS: 47.10869,-119.28412 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Ramp (moderate grade), Loading Float Extras: Restrooms, Picnic Area, BBQ Grills, Playground, Swimming area

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Rocky Ford Creek

Dates Open: Year round Special Rules: Catch and release, fly fishing only, and bank angling only (no wading) Fish: Rainbow Trout Access Points: Hatchery - WDFW 3.8 mi S of Soap Lake on Hwy 17, L onto Hatchery Rd for 2.1 mi to T in road, R .1 mi. GPS: 47.32188,-119.43975 Extras: ADA Restrooms, Parking and Dock

Moses Lake Park From I-90, take Exit 174 follow signs to state park. GPS: 47.10659,-119.32772 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Ramp (fee), Loading Float Extras: Restrooms Photo by Terri Stewart

Highway - WDFW 6 mi S of Ephrata on Hwy 282, R access is just before bridge over Rocky Ford Ck. GPS: 47.26251,-119.45812 Old Highway - WDFW 7.2 mi S of Ephrata on Hwy 282 to Old Moses Lake Hwy, L for 1 mi GPS: 47.26513,-119.44834 Overlook - WDFW 7.2 mi S of Ephrata on Hwy 282 to Neppel Rd, R for .1 mi, R at sign for + mi to access. GPS: 47.24719,-119.44803 Extras: ADA Restrooms & Parking, Camping

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Trout Lodge Road - WDFW 3.8 mi S of Soap Lake on Hwy 17, L onto Hatchery Rd for 2.1 mi to T in rd, R .5 mi. GPS: 47.31797,-119.44384 Extras: ADA Restrooms & Parking


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Soap Lake

The frothy “suds” lining the shoreline are the first clue that Soap Lake is not your typical lake. The absence of anglers and fishing boats is the second. Then you start to wonder, ‘why are those people covering themselves with mud?’ Welcome to Soap Lake! A popular destination for those looking to cure ailments since the 1800s due to the lake having the highest mineral content of any body of water on the planet. Its black, creamlike mud is also used for skincare. The lake is such an oddity with its low oxygen/high alkalinity, the National Science Foundation has awarded grants to study the lake to explore the possibility of the presence of life on other planets. Photo by Dale Fraser

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Billy Clapp

Acres: 1,010 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Smallmouth Bass, Brown Bullhead, Common Carp, Yellow Perch, Kokanee Salmon, Walleye, Lake Whitefish Billy Clapp South - WDFW From Soap Lake, E 10 mi on Hwy 28; L on “J” NE; go 2.6 mi to ramp area at end of rd. GPS: 47.45265,-119.25282 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade), Extras: Loading float, Restrooms, Swimming

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Lenore Lake

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Acres: 1,400 Dates Open: Catch-and-release selective gear, Mar 1-Nov 30. One catch limit daily Jun 1-Nov 30. Special Rules: Electric motors only Fish: Trout, Cutthroat Lahontan

Access Points: Blue Lake Resort From Soap Lake, N on Hwy 17 10.5 mi; R at resort entrance. GPS: 47.54533,-119.46660 Boat Launch: Gravel (fee) Extras: Camping (see page 13)

Access Points: Gage Station - WDFW 9 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17 GPS: 47.51327,-119.50147 Boat Launch: Trail

Coulee Lodge Resort From Soap Lake, N on Hwy 17 15 mi; R on Park Lake Rd,then immediate R to Coulee Lake Resort Store/ Office parking area. GPS: 47.57151,-119.43601 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (fee) Extras: Camping (see page 13)

Lenore Fish Trap - WDFW 9.1 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17 GPS: 47.51471,-119.50151 North End - WDFW 10.3 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17 GPS: 47.53007,-119.49308 Extras: Restrooms

Highway - WDFW From Soap Lake on HWY 17 go north 12.3 mi. turn right at public fishing sign. GPS: 47.54798,-119.46660 Extras: No real boat launch, hand launch only.

Sam Israel - WDFW 6.2 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17 GPS: 47.47455,-119.51604 Boat Launch: Pit Run Extras: Restrooms

East - WDFW From Soap Lake, N on Hwy 17, 11.8 mi; R on Moore Rd, go 1.6 mi; L at “B” St, go 400 ft. to access site. GPS: 47.55960,-119.45187 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank, Gravel Extras: Restrooms, Camping

South End - WDFW 4.4 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17 GPS: 47.45031,-119.51033 Photo by William Dalling

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Blue Lake

Acres: 536 Dates Open: Last Saturday in Apr-Sep 30 Fish: Trout (Brown, Rainbow, & Tiger)

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Park Lake

Acres: 341.5 Dates Open: Last Saturday in Apr-Sep 30 Fish: Trout (Brown & Rainbow) Access Points: Laurent’s Sun Village Resort From Soap Lake, N on Hwy 17 15 mi; R on Park Lake Rd; go .6 mi; R at Laurent’s Sun Village Resort sign. GPS: 47.57430,-119.42464 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank, Gravel, Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 13)

Acres: 293 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed

McLeary/Pixlee - WDFW From Soap Lake, N on Hwy 17 15 mi; R on Park Lake Rd, go .8 mi, L at “Public Fishing” sign. GPS: 47.57649,-119.42105 Boat Launch: Natural (hand launch only) Extras: Popular for bank fishing.

Main Access - WDFW From Soap Lake, N on Hwy 17, 9.8 mi; R at “Public Fishing” sign; go .2 mi to parking. GPS: 47.52329,-119.49781 Boat Launch: Natural (solid rock, very gentle grade), Gravel (gentle grade - steep drop-off at head) Extras: Restrooms, Camping

Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park - WSP From Coulee City, W on US 2, 2 mi; L (south) on Hwy 17; go 5 mi; 1/2 mi past Dry Falls Interpretive Center, turn L to Sun Lakes State Park. GPS: 47.59063,-119.39548 Boat Launch: Asphalt (gentle grade), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 14)

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Banks Lake

Acres: 24,900 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth), Bluegill, Bullhead (Brown & Yellow), Burbot, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Crawfish, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Lake Whitefish

Million Dollar North - WDFW From Coulee City go northeast on Hwy 2. Stay north onto Hwy 155. Go approximately 9 mi. turn left at public fishing sign. GPS: 47.75563,-119.22475 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle to moderate grade) Extras: Restrooms, Camping, Big parking area for RVs.

Access Points: Ankeny #1 - WDFW From Coulee City, W 2 mi on US 2; 400 ft. past Hwy 17/ US 2 junction, R on gravel rd, go 1.2 mi to ramp area. GPS: 47.64053,-119.32151 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade) Extras: Restrooms, ADA Parking

Million Dollar South - WDFW From Coulee City go northeast on Hwy 2. Stay north onto Hwy 155. Go approximately 6 mi. turn left at public fishing sign. GPS: 47.71945,-119.25791 Boat Launch: Gravel Extras: Restrooms, Camping

Ankeny #2 - WDFW West from Coulee City on Hwy 2. Go about 2 mi. Turn right at public fishing sign. Go .2 mi. to turn right at Y to boat launch and toilet. GPS: 47.62820,-119.32787 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle to moderate grade) Extras: Restrooms

Osborne Bay - WDFW From Electric City, S on Hwy 155 1 mi; L at milepost 23; follow gravel rd 1.2 mi to end of rd. GPS: 47.91242,-119.04880 Boat Launch: Natural Extras: Camping

Barker Canyon - WDFW From Grand Coulee on Hwy 174 go NW about 10 mi. to Barker Canyon Rd. Turn left, go 6.1 mi. to access. GPS: 47.90262,-119.16462 Boat Launch: Concrete Ramp Extras: Primitive Camping (rough road), Restrooms

Poplars - WDFW From Electric City, S on Hwy 155 5.5 mi; R at “Public Fishing/ Public Hunting” signs (also entrance to Steamboat Rock SP); go 300 ft.; L at ‘Camping’ sign; go .1 mi. GPS: 47.82979,-119.14004 Boat Launch: Asphalt (eroded, hand launch only) Extras: Camping

Coulee City Community Park - C.C. Parks & Rec From US 2/Hwy 17 junction, East 2 mi on US 2; Left at East end of Dry Falls Dam to enter park. GPS: 47.61603,-119.29290 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete, Loading Float, Moorage Extras: Camping (see page 14)

Steamboat Rock State Park - WSP From Coulee City, N on Hwy 155 20 mi. L to park. Main Campground Launch GPS: 47.86362,-119.11832 Northrup Point Launch GPS: 47.87232,-119.09845 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank (fee), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 15)

Coulee Playland Resort From Grand Coulee, south on Hwy 155 approximately 1 mile to Electric City; Turn right at the entrance sign to Coulee Playland Resort and go 100 feet. GPS: 47.93432,-119.03021 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete, Loading Float, Moorage Extras: Camping (see page 16)

Sunbanks Resort From Electric City, S on Hwy 155 .5 mi; R to Sunbanks. GPS: 47.92619,-119.04774 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank, Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 16)

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Buffalo Lake Fish continued: Crappie, Pumpkinseed, Kokanee Salmon, Trout (Eastern Brook & Rainbow)

Rufus Woods Lake

Acres: 7,800 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Walleye

Access Points: Campground - Colville Confederated Tribes From Grand Coulee Dam, N on Hwy 155 6.5 mi; R on Peter Dan Rd, go .6 mi; L on Buffalo Lake Rd S; go 2.5 mi. L at ‘T’; follow gravel rd 2.25 mi.,then R .5 mi to end. GPS: 48.06250,-118.89950 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade) Extras: Restrooms, Picnic Area, Fire Rings

Elmer City/Spirit Ridge - Bureau of Reclamation From Grand Coulee Dam, N on Hwy 125 8 mi; L to Seaton Grove, go.2 mi; R on unmarked paved rd, go .4 mi. GPS: 48.03583,-118.97113 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank (moderate grade), Gravel Extras: Restrooms

Be prepared for the possibility of strong winds, especially on the northern section where the lake runs east-west. Depending on where you fish, two different permits may be required. On the north & east shoreline a tribal permit is needed, while a state permit is needed on the south & west. Either will suffice on open water fishing. 25

Buffalo Lake

Acres: 542 Dates Open: Special winter season: Jan 1-Mar 15 General Season: Apr 17-Oct 31 Fish: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Bridgelip Sucker,

Reynold’s Resort - Colville Confederated Tribes From Grand Coulee Dam, N on Hwy 155 6.5 mi; R on Peter Dan Rd, go .6 mi; L on Buffalo Lake Rd S, go 2.5 mi; L at ‘T’; follow gravel rd 2.5 mi, resort on R. GPS: 48.07122,-118.90903 Boat Launch: Gravel (gentle grade, fee), Loading float

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Omak Lake

Acres: 3,244 Dates Open: Year round (Regulation catch-and-release Mar 1-May 31) Fish: Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Main Access - Colville Confederated Tribes From Omak, SE on Hwy 155 3 mi; R at Omak Lake/St. Mary’s Mission sign, go 5.3 mi on N End Omak Lake Rd to ramp area at rd end. GPS: 48.32233,-119.43239 Boat Launch: Solid concrete (gentle grade)

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Houseboating along the shores of Lake Roosevelt 27-52 Lake Roosevelt Acres: 79,000 Dates Open: Year round Fish: Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth), Brown Bullhead, Burbot, Common Carp, Crappie (Black & White), Yellow Perch, Kokanee Salmon, Trout (Cutthroat, Eastern Brook & Rainbow), Walleye, Lake Whitefish (Sturgeon fishing is closed) For current water level information, call (800) 824-4916.

With more than 600 miles of shoreline and 150 miles long, Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake (aka: Lake Roosevelt) isn’t big, it’s massive! It is the largest lake and reservoir in the state. Formed in 1941 by the construction of Grand Coulee Dam, the almost 80,000 acre lake provides many recreational activities, historical sites and vacation paradises for you to explore. The lake’s shoreline, and the water access sites along the way, fall within three different boundaries and jurisdictions: Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (part of the National Park Service), Colville Confederated Tribes, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Of the 26 water access sites listed here, 22 are part of the Lake Roosevelt N.R.A. Boat launch permits are mandatory at all NPS launches, for all boat types. Permits are sold as a daily pass (good for 7 consecutive days, available at each boat launch) and a seasonal pass (good from purchase date to Dec. 31 of the same year, price varies depending on time of year it is purchased.) Check online for season pass purchase locations: www.nps.gov/laro

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While the Lake Roosevelt is perfect for every type of boat from canoes to sailboats, the lake is known for houseboating. Several marinas including Seven Bays, Two Rivers and Kettle Falls offer houseboats rentals. It is a great way to experience the lake! It can be tricky and dangerous navigating the lake without accurate navigational charts. They can be purchased at the district offices, visitor information centers or by calling (509) 738-6266, ext. 115. Shoreline camping is also popular within the N.R.A. boundary. Be sure to check the camping chapter on page 8 for info on boat-in campsites. Fishing is great on Lake Roosevelt too. Walleye, rainbow trout, and kokanee are the star attractions. Check with Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for up-to-date rules and catch limits: wdfw.wa.gov 27

Crescent Bay (NPS)

From Grand Coulee, N on Hwy 155 .5 mi; R on unmarked gravel rd; follow .25 mi to parking area. GPS: 47.94811,-118.98738 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (steep grade, fee) Extras: Loading Float, Restrooms

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Spring Canyon (NPS)

From Grand Coulee, east on Hwy 174 3 miles; Turn L at Spring Canyon sign and follow the paved road 2 miles; Approaching the park facilities, turn right towards the picnic and boat launch areas. The boat ramp is at the lowest parking area at the east end of the park. GPS: 47.93537,-118.93508 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete, Loading Float Extras: Moorage, Restrooms, Floating Boat Pump. See page 17 for camping info.


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Keller’s Ferry Marina (NPS)

From Wilbur, NW .5 mile on Hwy 174; turn right (north) on Hwy 21 14 miles; turn left into the campground and go 200 feet. At the ‘T’, turn right and then an immediate left into the boat launch parking area. The boat ramp is at the west end of the parking lot. GPS: 47.92756,-118.69234 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete, Loading Float Extras: Moorage, Fuel dock, Camping (see page 18)

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Hanson Harbor (NPS)

From Wilbur, northwest on Hwy 174 .5 mile; Turn right (north) on Hwy 21 and go 6.2 miles; Just before milepost 99, turn right on unmarked gravel road and go 2 miles; Yield left onto Gollehon Road and go 2 miles; Yield left again onto Hanson Harbor Road and go approximately 5 miles; Approaching the housing developments along the shoreline, keep to the left to the end of the road. The boat ramp is at the west end of the site. GPS: 47.92129,-118.62559 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete, Moorage Extras: Floating Boat Pump 1/2 upstream.

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Jones Bay (NPS)

From Wilbur, NW on Hwy 174, .5 mi; R on Hwy 21, go 6.2 mi; just before milepost 99, turn R (unmarked), go 2 mi; veer L on Gollehon Rd; go 2 mi; veer L on Hanson Harbor Rd, go 3.5 mi; R at ‘Y’ 3 mi to Jones Bay. GPS: 47.92056,-118.58225 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade) Extras: Loading Float, Camping (see page 19)

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Lincoln Mill

Maintained by Lincoln County From Creston, E on US 2, .5 mi; L on Redwine Canyon Rd, go 8 mi, launch area at end of Lincoln Rd. GPS: 47.82918,-118.40575 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate to steep grade), Loading Float Extras: Restrooms

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Hawk Creek (NPS)

From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 22 mi; L on Miles-Creston Rd, go 7 mi; R at Hawk Creek Cmpg. sign, go 1.2 mi. GPS: 47.81537,-118.33007 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank (moderate/steep, fee) Extras: Loading Float, Camping (see page 19)

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Seven Bays Marina (NPS)

From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 22 mi; L on Miles-Creston Rd, go 5 mi; R at marina. GPS: 47.85386,-118.34106 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete Extras: Moorage, Fuel Dock, Camping (see page 19)

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Hunters (NPS)

From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 43 mi to Hunters; L on Hunters Campground Rd, go 1 mi to campground. GPS: 48.12936,-118.22527 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade, fee) Extras: Camping (see page 20)

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Inchelium Ferry

Maintained by the Colville Confederated Tribes West side of lake just south of the ferry access. GPS: 48.27635,-118.15286 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete

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Fort Spokane (NPS)

From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 23 mi; R at Campground. GPS: 47.90966,-118.31056 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (steep grade, fee), Loading Float Extras: Hiking (see page 50), Camping (see page 19)

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McCoys Marina

Maintained by the Spokane Tribe North bank of Spokane River arm, between Porcupine Bay and Fort Spokane. GPS: 47.94772,-118.22141 Extras: Fuel Dock, Convenience Store

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Porcupine Bay (NPS)

From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 12 mi; R on Porcupine Bay Rd, go 5 mi to end. GPS: 47.89736,-118.17551 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate to steep grade, fee), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 19)

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Two Rivers

Maintained by the Spokane Tribe From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 23 mi, L at signs after Spokane River bridge. Phone: 509.722.5500 GPS: 47.90555,-118.32377 Boat Launch: Concrete (fee) Extras: Fuel Dock, Marina, Store, Restaurant, Camping (see page 20)

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Gifford (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, S on Hwy 25 25 mi; R 1 mi past Cloverleaf Campground; follow paved rd .1 mi to campground. GPS: 48.28848,-118.14508 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade, fee), Loading Float, Moorage Extras: Camping (see page 20)

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Daisy #2 (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, S on Hwy 25 24 mi to Daisy; 200 ft. S of Daisy Store, turn R on gravel rd to boat ramp. GPS: 48.36044,-118.16340 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (steep grade, need pass) Extras: Boat fuel can be purchased 200 feet north of boat ramp.

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Daisy (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, S on Hwy 25 23 mi; R at sign to Daisy Boat Launch. GPS: 48.37581,-118.16786 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (fee) Extras: Restrooms, Boat fuel can be purchased half mile south of boat ramp.

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French Rocks (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, N on US 395 3.5 mi; W on Hwy 20 4.5 mi; turn L on Inchelium-Kettle Falls Rd; go 7 mi; turn L on unmarked rd; go 300 ft. to site. GPS: 48.49496,-118.19785 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (fee), Loading Float Extras: Restrooms, Beach, Picnic Area

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Bradbury Beach (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, S on Hwy 25 8 mi; R at campground. GPS: 48.51409,-118.14879 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (gentle/moderate grade) Extras: Restrooms, Swimming, Picnic Area


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From US 395/Hwy 25 intersection, S on Hwy 25, .5 mi; R on Old Kettle Rd, go 2.5 mi; L on Kettle Park Rd, go .25 mi; R at campground/marina. GPS: 48.59936,-118.12252 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (gentle to moderate grade, fee), Loading Float, Marina, Moorage, Fuel Dock Extras: Camping (see page 21)

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China Bend (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, W on US 395, .5 mi; R on Hwy 25, go 20 mi; L at China Bend boat launch. GPS: 48.81015,-117.95095 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade, fee), Loading Float Extras: Restrooms

From Kettle Falls, N on US 395 11 mi; R on Napoleon Rd, go 1 mi; crossing Kettle River, R on Hedland-Napoleon Rd, go 300 ft.; R to ramp. GPS: 48.73464,-118.11625 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade, fee) Extras: Restrooms, Picnic Area

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North Gorge (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, W on US 395 .5 mi; R on Hwy 25, go 17 mi; L at N Gorge Campground. GPS: 48.78673,-118.00150 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade, fee), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 21)

Marcus Island (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, W on US 395, .5 mi; R on Hwy 25, go 5.5 mi; L at campground entrance. GPS: 48.66622,-118.06518 Boat Launch: Concrete Plank (moderate grade), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 21)

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Evans (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, W on US 395, .5 mi; R on Hwy 25, go 9.5 mi; L to campground. GPS: 48.69936,-118.01943 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade, fee), Loading Float, Moorage Extras: Camping (see page 21)

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Snag Cove (NPS)

From Kettle Falls, N on US 395 7 mi; R on Northport-Flat Creek Rd, go 7.5 mi; R at Snag Cove Campground. GPS: 48.73317,-118.05988 Boat Launch: Solid Concrete (moderate grade, fee), Loading Float Extras: Camping (see page 21)

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Just north and west of upper Lake Roosevelt lies the Colville National Forest, an area that features several hiking adventures. These trails are not in the immediate vicinity of the lake and as a result are not listed in this travel guide. Many can be reached from Kettle Falls via a 30-45 minute drive. For more info go to: fs.usda.gov/main/colville/home and then go to: recreation > hiking.


HIKING 1-5 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge There are more trails at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge than what has been highlighted here. (Many trails are created by anglers looking for the next great fishing hole or bird watchers trying to catch a glimpse of a feathered friend.) However, the five trails listed are the most popular. Once you have explored these, feel free to set out and discover the less traveled paths as well. Crab Creek, Frog Lake and Marsh Loop all share a common trailhead, so starting there will give you the most options. Despite their proximity, they each have a unique feel. Crab Creek follows a creek bed while Marsh Loop circles a wetland. Frog Lake is more rocky and presents hikers with an elevation gain of about 200 feet and a nice view at the finish. 1: Crab Creek Access Length: 4 miles Skill Level: Easy Type: Out & Back Surface: Dirt (service road) Trailhead GPS: 46.90085,-119.28681 Directions: From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for approx 7.5 miles, turn R. Follow road 1 mi to parking. Walk across Crab Creek Bridge, trail/road goes 1 mile west and 3 miles east. 2: Crab Creek Trail Length: 0.5 mile Skill Level: Easy Type: Out & Back, Interpretive Surface: Dirt & rock North Trailhead GPS: 46.95019,-119.25466 South Trailhead GPS: 46.95019,-119.25466 Directions: From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for approx 5.75 miles to Morgan Lake Rd, go north on Morgan Lake Rd. 3.5 mi. Parking for south trailhead is on the left, trail is on the right. For north trailhead, continue 1 mi north to “T” intersection, turn R, parking is 500 ft on the left.

3: Frog Lake Trail Length: 3 miles Skill Level: Easy/moderate Type: Out & Back, Interpretive Surface: Dirt & rock Trailhead GPS: 46.95019,-119.25466 Directions: From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for approx 5.75 miles to Morgan Lake Rd, go north on Morgan Lake Rd. 3.5 mi. Parking for south trailhead is on the left, trail is on the right. 4: Marsh Loop Trail Length: 1.8 miles Skill Level: Easy Type: Loop, Interpretive Surface: Dirt & rock Trailhead GPS: 46.93678,-119.24449 Directions: From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for approx 5.75 miles to Morgan Lake Rd, go north on Morgan Lake Rd. 3.5 mi. Parking for South trailhead is on the left, trail is on the right. 5: Hampton Lakes Trail Length: 2 miles between trailheads, plus loops/spurs Skill Level: Easy/moderate Type: Loop (with spurs) Surface: Dirt & rock North Trailhead GPS: 46.95384,-119.23145 South Trailhead GPS: 46.92700,-119.21962 Directions: North Trailhead: From Moses Lake, S 11 mi; R on Hwy 262, go 6.5 mi; L at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge sign at E end of O’Sullivan Dam; go past dam to parking area. South Trailhead: From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for 4.9 miles. Turn right at Seep Lakes Rd. Go 2 miles; take sharp left after North Teal Lake. Follow road .8 mi to parking/trailhead.

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Location: Columbia NWR/MarDon Vicinity Length: Up to 5 miles Skill Level: Easy/moderate Type: Out & Back Surface: Dirt & rock Trailhead GPS: 46.95826,-119.29446 Directions: From Moses Lake, S on Hwy 17 for 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go 10 mi past MarDon Resort, L at “Public Fishing/ Public Hunting” signs.

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Rocky Ford Creek

Length: 0.5 mile Skill Level: Easy Type: Out & Back Surface: Dirt Trailhead GPS: 47.26232,-119.45823 Directions: 6 mi S of Ephrata on Hwy 282; access is just before bridge over Rocky Ford Creek on the R. Photo by Teresia Calena

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Lenore Interpretive Trail

Location: Lenore Caves Trailhead GPS: 47.51601,-119.49668 Length: 0.2 mile Skill Level: Easy (HA) Type: Out & Back, Interpretive Surface: Paved Directions: 9.1 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17, turn R at signs. Go 1000 feet, small parking area on L.

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Lenore Caves

Location: Lenore Caves Trailhead GPS: 47.51712,-119.49351 Length: 0.25 mile Skill Level: Moderate Type: Out & Back Surface: Paved, some loose gravel, steps Directions: 9.1 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17, turn R at signs. Follow road to parking area/restrooms.

The caves above Lake Lenore are thought to have been used by the Sinkiuse Indians as short term shelter from the elements and as storage for food and supplies. This popular trail is well maintained and offers a pit toilet and interpretive panels at its trailhead. The trail has some steep inclines and stairs so be prepared. There are additional caves and points of interest to be found off the established trail, so don’t be afraid to explore. Just don’t get lost! 10

Lenore Fish Trap

Location: Lenore Lake Trailhead GPS: 47.51492,-119.50190 Length: 300 feet Skill Level: Easy (partial HA) Type: Out & Back Surface: Paved/Dirt, tall/tight brush in places Directions: 9.1 mi N of Soap Lake on Hwy 17, L side.

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Umatilla Rock and Trail

11-16 Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park Directions: From Coulee City, W on US 2, 2 mi; L (south) on Hwy 17; go 5 mi; 1/2 mi past Dry Falls Interpretive Center, turn L to Sun Lakes State Park. 11: Boy Scout Trail West Trailhead GPS: 47.58942,-119.39094 East Trailhead GPS: 47.59127,-119.36835 Length: 1.28 miles Skill Level: Moderate Type: Out & Back Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff

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12: Caribou Trail Trailhead GPS: 47.58494,-119.34816 Length: 0.59 mile Skill Level: Moderate/Difficult Type: Out & Back Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff

Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park offers 6 diverse trails within its borders. Due to this high concentration of trails and ample camping options (see page 14), the park is a fantastic destination for hikers. All of the trails offer beautiful scenery, great bird watching opportunities and plenty of good ‘ole fresh air. The Boy Scout Trail also allows mountain biking while the paved Park Lake Trail is handicap accessible and great for skating, bicycling or a morning jog. Umatilla Rock Trail is popular as it offers an alternate, lower elevation view of the Dry Falls site. Keep in mind the area is home to poison ivy/oak, as well as rattlesnakes, ticks and things that sting in the Spring and Summer months...so be alert! For more information on these trails be sure to get a copy of the trail map/ info sheet at the contact/ranger station located at the entrance to the main State Park campground. In addition to these established trails, there are many more hiking adventures to be had off the beaten path. Check with a ranger for suggestions.

13: Deep Lake Trail Trailhead GPS: 47.58823,-119.34060 Length: 1.08 miles Skill Level: Moderate/Difficult Type: Out & Back Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff 14: Delany Springs Trail Trailhead GPS: 47.58998,-119.36496 Length: 0.91 mile Skill Level: Moderate Type: Out & Back (partial loop) Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff 15: Park Lake Trail North Trailhead GPS: 47.58666,-119.39504 South Trailhead GPS: 47.57627,-119.42130 Length: 1.48 miles Skill Level: Easy (HA) Type: Out & Back (plus spur) Surface: Asphalt (spur is gravel/rock) 16: Umatilla Rock Trail Trailhead GPS: 47.59099,-119.36742 Length: 2.64 miles Skill Level: Moderate Type: Loop Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff

Kate Thompson Trail along Banks Lake 17

Kate Thompson Memorial Trail

Location: Coulee City Community Park Trailhead GPS: 47.61756,-119.28832 Length: 1 mile Skill Level: Easy Type: Out & Back Surface: Paved (some loose gravel) Directions: North side of Highway 2 in Coulee City. Trailhead at far east edge of camping area.

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PLACES TO STAY along the way

Enjoy Moses Lake Events At Our Beautiful Campgrounds!

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Steamboat Rock Trail

Location: Steamboat Rock S.P. Trailhead GPS: 47.86396,-119.12174 Length: up to 5.5 miles Skill Level: Difficult Type: Out & Back (Loop on top) Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff Directions: From Coulee City, E on US 2, 4 mi; N on Hwy 155 another 20 mi. L to park. Continue to parking lot at end of road by the boat ramp. Trailhead is on opposite side of road.

If you take the time and effort to climb to the top of Steamboat, you’ll be rewarded with a view you won’t soon forget. The footing on the way up and back down is tricky due to the large, loose basalt rocks that make up the steep path. It’ll take longer to come back down than go up. Keep that in mind when planning your day.

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Northrup Canyon

Walk down the street from the Coulee Dam Credit Union parking lot and you’ll see a sign pointing the way to the Candy Point Trail. Constructed by the C.C.C. in 1937 and maintained by the Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club, this trail features hand carved paths and stone steps. You can also take this trail to Crown Point for a great view of Grand Coulee Dam. 21

Location: Steamboat Rock S.P. Trailhead GPS: 47.86597,-119.08250 Length: 7.2 miles Skill Level: Moderate Type: Out & Back Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff Directions: From Coulee City, E on US 2, 4 mi; N on Hwy 155 another 22 mi. Turn R at signs.

Take a walk between the scenic canyon walls through Grant County’s only natural forest. Bald Eagles are a very common sight here. Just keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, ticks and the occasional cougar as well. This moderate 7.2 mile round trip hike takes you past the old Northrup family homestead and continues on to Northrup Lake.

Candy Point Trail

Location: Coulee Dam Parking GPS: 47.96703,-118.98530 Trailhead GPS: 47.96866,-118.98494 Length: 0.5 mile Skill Level: Moderate/Difficult Type: Out & Back Surface: Hand laid stone, carved steps Directions: From west side of bridge below the dam, go north. Park in the Coulee Dam Credit Union lot, then walk north on Columbia Avenue to sign/trailhead.

Downriver Trail

Location: Grand Coulee Dam/Rufus Woods Lake Dam Trailhead GPS: 47.96528,-118.97981 Length: 6.5 miles Skill Level: Easy (HA) Type: Out & Back Surface: Packed gravel Directions: Main trailhead is at the East end of bridge below dam. Trail winds down below bridge before heading north. There are 6 additional trail access points along Rufus Woods Lake.

This handicap accessible trail is great for walking, jogging or biking. The trail is mostly flat, with the only slope being at the start near the dam. The trail hugs the shore of Rufus Woods Lake and has a loop at the far end. Additional access points can be found along Elmer City Access Road.

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Bunchgrass Prairie Nature Trail

Location: Spring Creek Campground, NPS Trailhead GPS: 47.93304,-118.94051 Length: 0.5 mile Skill Level: Easy/Moderate Type: Interpretive Out & Back Surface: Uneven rock, dirt and duff Directions: From Grand Coulee, east on Hwy 174 approximately 3 miles; Turn left at the entrance sign to Spring Canyon and follow the paved road. Trailhead is at southwestern edge of campground.

Directions: 21 miles north of Davenport on Hwy 25. 3: Sentinel Trail Trail begins at the front of the Ft. Guardhouse (Brick building on the path from parking lot.) A trail guide is available at the Ft. Spokane visitor center or online at: www.nps.gov/laro/planyourvisit/upload/2007.pdf Trailhead GPS: 47.90411,-118.30846 Length: 1.5 miles Skill Level: Easy Type: Loop, Interpretive Surface: Packed Dirt

The Bunchgrass Nature Trail is a short and educational trip through the area’s shrubsteppe ecosystem. The half-mile trail contains 15 numbered posts that direct you to corresponding information contained within the trail guide (available for free at the head of the trail and/or campground information center.) The trail offers panoramic views of Lake Roosevelt and the Spring Canyon Campground plus a few well-placed benches to stop and admire the view. The trail is easy to follow and has a slight elevation gain. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and Prickly Pear Cactus.

4: Beach Trail Trailhead is at the northwest corner of the Ft. Spokane site, near stop #4 on the Sentinel Trail. Trailhead GPS: 47.90436,-118.31235 Length: 0.5 mile Skill Level: Moderate Type: Out & Back Surface: Dirt 5: Bluff Trail Trailhead is at southern edge of Ft. Spokane site, at stop #13 on the Sentinel Trail. Trailhead GPS: 47.90284,-118.30425 Length: 0.5 mile Skill Level: Difficult Type: Out & Back Surface: Dirt

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Hawk Creek Falls

Location: Hawk Creek Campground, NPS Trailhead GPS: 47.81455,-118.32431 Length: 300 feet Skill Level: Easy Type: Out & Back Surface: Dirt Directions: From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 22 mi; L on Miles-Creston Rd, go 7 mi; R at Hawk Creek Campground sign, go 1.2 mi. Turn into camp area, go to the end and park by boulders. Trail heads east to the falls.

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Built in 1880, Fort Spokane was the last frontier military post to be built by the Army in the Northwest. The fort closed down in 1899 and became a boarding school for the Colville Indian Agency and later a tuberculosis sanatorium. Today, only a few buildings remain of the fort that in its prime had 50 structures. The Sentinel Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail that tours the grounds. The trail is edged with wooden rails and includes numbered stops. A free trail guide is available to provide more information for each stop. The Beach and Bluff Trails are short offshoots of the Sentinel Trail and are more strenuous than the relatively level Sentinel Trail. 27

Old Kettle Townsite Trail

Location: Kettle Falls Campground, NPS North Trailhead GPS: 48.59865,-118.12038 South Trailhead GPS: 48.58608,-118.11378 Length: 1 mile Skill Level: Easy Type: Out & Back, Interpretive Surface: Packed Dirt Directions: Trailheads are on both ends of the trail, at the Kettle Falls Campground boat launch/marina area (north) and at the swimming/playground area (south). For more info on the campground, see page 21.


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Mission Point Trail

Location: St. Paul’s Mission Trailhead GPS: 48.62851,-118.10658 Length: 0.25 mile Skill Level: Easy Type: Interpretive Out & Back Surface: Packed Dirt Directions: Hwy 395, just West of Kettle Falls and East of the bridge. Follow St. Paul Mission Rd. from Hwy 395 to the mission, the trail is around/behind the mission.

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Emerald Lake Trail

Location: Colville National Forest Trailhead GPS: 48.62437,-118.24037 Length: 6.2 mi Skill Level: Moderate Type: Out & Back Surface: Dirt Directions: From Kettle Falls take Hwy 395 west across bridge, turn L on Hwy 20, go 5.2 mi., turn R on Trout Lake Rd., 5.1 mi to end of road/trailhead.

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along the northern section of the Grand Coulee and most of Lake Roosevelt. This majestic bird is easiest to spot in the Fall and Winter. One of the most popular viewing locations is in Northrup Canyon (see page 57 for more information), but it can be seen many other spots along the way. Another popular bird is the Sandhill Crane, who is the starring attraction of the Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello. See the next page for more details. When out trying to catch a glimpse of your favorite bird, remember to observe at a distance so not to disturb the bird and its habitat. Staying quiet and unobtrusive will not only improve the chances of a good viewing experience, it will also improve the chances for future viewing experiences for others at the same location. The less the birds know someone is there watching, the more comfortable they will be calling that spot “home”, whether it is staying there year round, or if it is just a layover on their way to some distant locale. For a much more extensive list of birding sites, check with Audubon Washington (866.WA.BIRDS or wa.audubon.org). On their website you can find information on their birding trails, tips on bird watching, local Audubon chapters, education and conservation as well as other birding related issues and topics.


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Columbia NWR: Drumheller

Directions: From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for 9.9 miles, parking will be on the right. GPS: 46.90408,-119.30717 Birds: Red-winged Blackbirds, Lazuli Buntings, Mourning Doves, Great Egrets, Northern Harriers, Redtailed Hawks, American Kestrels, Western Meadowlarks, Common Nighthawks, Ring-necked Pheasants, California Quail, Redheads, Wilson’s Snipes, Song Sparrows, Caspian Terns

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Columbia NWR: Central Trails

Directions: From Othello, take Broadway/McManamon Rd N for approx 5.75 miles to Morgan Lake Rd, go north on Morgan Lake Rd. 3.5 mi. Parking for south trailhead is on the left, trail is on the right. For north trailhead, continue 1 mi north to “T” intersection, turn R, parking is 500 ft on the left. North Trailhead GPS: 46.95021,-119.25485 South Trailhead GPS: 46.93676,-119.24467 Birds: American Avocets, Lazuli Buntings, Yellowbreasted Chats, Long–billed Dowitchers, Dunlins, Marbled Godwits, White-faced Ibis, Killdeer, Kingbirds (Eastern & Western), Common Nighthawks, Bullock’s Orioles, Wilson’s Phalaropes, Plovers (Black-bellied & Semipalmated), Sandpipers (Least, Spotted, & Western), Sparrows (Lincoln’s, Song, Vesper, & White-crowned), Black-necked Stilts, Swallows (Bank, Barn, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged, & Violet-green), Sage Thrashers, Rock Wrens, Yellowlegs (Greater & Lesser)

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Columbia NWR: Unit 1 Marsh

Directions: From Othello, take McManamon Rd. N for 5.75 miles to Morgan Lake Rd, go north on Morgan Lake Rd. At “T” turn right, go .4 mi and turn L. Go .1 mi to gate. Turn L, go .1 mi on dirt track to parking area. GPS: 46.95436,-119.25273 Birds: American Avocets, American Bitterns, Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Great Egrets, Peregrine Falcons, Geese, Great Blue Herons, Black-necked Stilts Please do not disturb roosting cranes!

Every year in late March / early April, the city of Othello and the Columbia N.W.R. hosts the Sandhill Crane Festival. The festival includes educational seminars, birdwatching tips, conservation discussions and field excursions to view the majestic cranes as well as other species. One of the many popular spots to view the Sandhill Crane is at the Unit 1 Marsh.

The multitude of songbirds in the Spring will provide a natural symphony as you walk along the Frog Lake, Crab Creek & Marsh interpretive trails (more trail info on page 45) Keep your eyes peeled for a rare visit by the White-faced Ibis too.

Festival info: www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org

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Potholes State Park

Directions: On I-90 at Moses Lake, take Exit 179; go S on Hwy 17 11 mi; R on Hwy 262; go W 10 mi. R to state park. GPS: 46.98106,-119.35165 Birds: Buffleheads, American Coots, Bald Eagles, Common Goldeneyes, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks, Bullock’s Orioles, Ospreys, California Quail, Scaups (Greater and Lesser), Tundra Swans, Lewis’s Woodpeckers

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Directions: 6 mi S of Ephrata on Hwy 282, R access is just before bridge over Rocky Ford Ck. GPS: 47.26251,-119.45812 Birds: Long-billed Curlews, Northern Harriers, Redtailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Western Meadowlarks, Virginia Rails, Wilson’s Snipes, Sparrows (Lark & Vesper), Common Yellowthroats

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Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park

Directions: From Coulee City, W on US 2, 2 mi; L on Hwy 17; go 5 mi; turn L to Sun Lakes State Park. GPS: 47.58978,-119.39047 Birds: Buffleheads, Lazuli Buntings, Gray Catbirds, Yellow-breasted Chats, Black-capped Chickadees, American Coots, Ruddy and Ring-necked Ducks, Eagles (Bald and Golden), Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Pied-billed Grebes, Dark-eyed Juncos, Eastern Kingbirds, Rubycrowned Kinglets, Mergansers (Common & Hooded), Lesser Scaups, Song Sparrows, Swallows, Swifts, Warbling Vireos, Warblers (Orange-crowned, Wilson’s, Yellow, & Yellow-rumped), American Wigeons, Wrens (Marsh & Winter) Photo by Bob Berrigan

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Dry Falls

Directions: From Coulee City, W on US 2, 2 mi; L (south) on Hwy 17; go 5 mi; Interpretive Center and overlook will be on your left. GPS: 47.60706,-119.36358 Birds: Northern Shrikes, Townsend’s Solitaires, Swallows (Barn & Violet-green), White-throated Swifts

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Steamboat Rock Peninsula

Directions: From Coulee City, E on US 2, 4 mi; N on Hwy 155 another 20 mi. L at Steamboat Rock signs. GPS: 47.82981,-119.13471 Birds: Canvasbacks, Chickadees (Black-capped and Mountain), American Coots, Eagles (Bald and Golden), Falcons (American Kestrel, Merlin, Prairie, & Peregrine), House Finches, Northern Flickers, Gadwalls, American Goldfinches, Grebes (Horned, Pied-billed, & Western), Northern Harriers, Hawk (Cooper’s, Red-tailed, Rough-legged, & Sharp-shinned), Dark-eyed Juncos, Mergansers (Common, Hooded & Red-breasted), Owls (Great Horned and Long-eared), Redheads, Northern Shovelers, Northern Shrikes, American Tree Sparrows, American Wigeons

Fall and Winter are favorite seasons for birders here. Several birds of prey can be seen at that time of year including Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Harriers. Plenty of owls, songbirds and ducks also make stops on the peninsula. Bring your binoculars!

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Northrup Canyon

Directions: From Coulee City, E on US 2, 4 mi; N on Hwy 155 another 22 mi. Turn R at signs. GPS: 47.86586,-119.08270 Birds: Lazuli Buntings, Black-capped and Mountain Chickadees, Red Crossbills, Eagles (Bald & Golden), Prairie Falcons, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Red-tailed Hawks, Calliope Hummingbirds, American Kestrels, Clark’s Nutcrackers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Bullock’s Orioles, Owls (Great Horned, Northern Pygmy, & Western Screech), Western Wood Pewees, Say’s Phoebes, Red-naped Sapsuckers, Northern Saw-whet, Chipping Sparrows, White-throated Swifts, Spotted Towhees, Warbling Vireos, Turkey Vultures, Yellow Warblers, Woodpeckers (Downy & Lewis’s), Wrens (Canyon & Rock)

Songbirds come to sing in April and May while woodpeckers are on hand to lend their percussive beats. While Northrup is also a good place to spot kestrals, hawks, falcons and owls, it is the Bald Eagles that lure birders. The best time to spot them is between November and March from midafternoon to dark. A viewing vantage point is a short walk from the parking/restroom area. Walk past the gate and then look for the pathway that heads off to your left. 10

North Dam Park

Directions: In Electric City on N side of Hwy 155. GPS: 47.93820,-119.01756 Birds: Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Northern Flickers, American Goldfinches, Gulls (California, Glaucous, Glaucous-winged, Herring, Ring-billed, & Thayer’s), Marsh Wrens, Ospreys, Sparrows (Song & Whitecrowned), Cedar Waxwings Photo by Bryan Matthew

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Crescent Bay Lake

Directions: From Grand Coulee, N on Hwy 155 .5 mi; R on unmarked gravel rd; follow .25 mi to parking area. GPS: 47.94843,-118.98811 Birds: Ring-necked Ducks, Grebes (Pied-billed & Western), Mergansers, Great Horned Owls, Cliff Swallows, White-throated Swifts, American Wigeons

During the summer you can take a guided “birding by canoe” tour led by a National Park naturalist. From the parking area you can also walk 1.5 miles on the old roads around the lake if canoeing isn’t for you. FYI: The area that is now Crescent Bay Lake was used as a hideout by 1880’s outlaws.

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Bunchgrass Prairie Trail

Directions: From Grand Coulee, east on Hwy 174 approximately 3 miles; Turn left at the entrance sign to Spring Canyon and follow the paved road. Trailhead is at southwestern edge of campground. Trailhead GPS: 47.93304,-118.94051 Birds: Red-tailed Hawks, Meadowlarks, Owls, Swallows For more info on trail, go to page 50.

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Hawk Creek Falls

Directions: From Davenport, N on Hwy 25 22 mi; L on Miles-Creston Rd, go 7 mi; R at Hawk Cr. sign, go 1.2 mi. GPS: 47.81466,-118.32428 Birds: American Dippers, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, American Goldfinches, Red-necked Grebes, Mergensers (Common & Hooded), Bullock’s Orioles, Yellow Warblers, Canyon Wrens.

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Sherman Creek: East Gateway

Directions: From Hwy 20 at milepost 339.9, turn east into national scenic byway kiosk parking. GPS: 48.60176,-118.14063 Birds: Grey Catbirds, Red Crossbills, Bald Eagles, Dusky Flycatchers, Goldeneyes (Common & Barrow’s), American Goldfinches, Ruffed Grouse, Colliope Hummingbirds, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Common Mergansers, Nuthatches (Pygmy, Red- and Whitebreasted), Red-naped Sapsuckers, Pine Siskins, Chipping Sparrows, Western Tanagers, Hairy Woodpeckers

Log Flume Heritage Site

Directions: Hwy 20 west from Kettle Falls, follow signs to site between mile markers 335 and 336. Park at kiosk. GPS: 48.58193,-118.22553 Birds: American Dippers, Flycatchers (Hammond’s & Willow), Common Mergansers, Song Sparrows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Swainson’s Thrushes, Veeries, Vireos (Cassin’s & Warbling), Warblers (MacGillvray’s, Orange-crowned, & Yellow)

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Sherman Creek: Slide Overlook

Directions: From Hwy 20 at milepost 338.0, turn south onto unmarked Inchelium Hwy/Stevens County Rd 3. Drive 1.7 miles. Turn left onto unmarked dirt rd. Drive 0.1 mile to parking area on right. GPS: 48.5732,-118.154869 Birds: Grey Catbirds, Red Crossbills, Bald Eagles, Dusky Flycatchers, Goldeneyes (Common & Barrow’s), American Goldfinches, Ruffed Grouse, Colliope Hummingbirds, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Common Mergansers, Nuthatches (Pygmy, Red- and Whitebreasted), Red-naped Sapsuckers, Pine Siskins, Chipping Sparrows, Western Tanagers, Hairy Woodpeckers

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GOLFING In this chapter you will find listings for the area’s golf courses, most are public while a few are semi-private or private. (For membership information, please contact the individual courses.) Included in the listings are web and street addresses (plus GPS coordinates), phone numbers, operating season information, course amenities, and course stats like par, total distance, slope rating, and course rating. Several courses listed here offer camping/RV hookups: Sage Hills, Potholes, Oasis Park and Vic Meyers. These courses make for a great getaway that combines camping and golfing in one single location. We’d advise you to refrain from setting up your tent on the first tee however. It won’t get you an earlier tee time and it almost certainly will get you kicked off the course. You wouldn’t want that would you? If you need some new equipment, rental gear, or golf apparel, many of these courses have a pro shop on site ready to satisfy your needs. Check with the course for daily hours and rates. So, the next time you feel the urge to hit the links for a round of golf, head out to Eastern Washington where the sun is shining and the courses are groundhog free. (Whether they are bogey-free or not will be entirely up to you.)


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Othello Golf Club

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9-Hole – Public – Built in 1965 2269 W. Mockingbird Ln. • Othello, WA 99344 Phone: 509.488.2376 GPS: 46.79636,-119.21110 Season: March-November Longest Tee: 35par – 3066yds – 123slope – 37.0rating Amenities: Driving Range, Clubhouse, Restaurant, Lounge, Banquet Room

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Moses Lake Golf Club

18-Hole • Private • Built in 1956 1373 Rd. F .2 NE • Moses Lake, WA 98837 Phone: 509.765.5049 www: http://www.moseslakegolfclub.com GPS: 47.10707,-119.35667 Season: Year round (weather permitting) Longest Tee: 71par – 6436yds – 111slope – 69.5rating Amenities: Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Practice Facilities, Restaurant

Sage Hills Golf Club

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Potholes Golf Course

18-Hole – Public – Built in 1965 10400 Sage Hills Rd. SE • Warden, WA 98857 Toll Free: 888.628.3066 www: http://www.sagehillsgolfresort.net GPS: 46.92699,-119.13434 Season: Year round (weather permitting) Longest Tee: 71par – 6591yds – 122slope – 71.4rating Amenities: Picnic Areas, Recreation Hall, Restaurant, Lounge, RV Park/Camping (see page 12)

Located on Highway 17 between Moses Lake and Othello, Sage Hills is an oasis of lush green fairways amidst the sand and sagebrush of the Columbia Basin. This course has four sets of tees that are sure to challenge all golfers, no matter your skill level. Be sure to check their website for an in-depth look at each hole. 3

Potholes Golf Course

9-Hole • Public • Opened in 1994 7037 Highway 262 SE • Othello, WA 99344 Phone: 509.346.9491 www: http://www.potholesgolfresort.com GPS: 46.96942,-119.34296 Season: Early Spring – Winter (usually around Nov 1) Longest Tee: 33par – 2400yds Amenities: Pro Shop, Restaurant, Sports Bar, Camping

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The Links at Moses Pointe

18-Hole • Public • Built in 1997-99 4524 Westshore Drive • Moses Lake, WA 98837 Phone: 509. 764.2275 Toll Free: 866.764.2275 www: http://www.mosespointe.com email: info@mosespointe.com GPS: 47.15361,-119.35708 Season: Year round (weather permitting) Black: 72par – 7549yds – 130slope – 75.6rating Blue: 72par – 6965yds – 126slope – 73.0rating Copper: 72par – 6720yds – 124slope – 72.1rating Amenities: Club & Cart & Pull Cart Rental, Golf Shop, Clubhouse, Practice Facility, Restaurant

You might not find a nicer, more exquisite golf course in all of Washington, let alone along the Coulee. The Links at Moses Pointe rests high above the western shore of Moses Lake in desert conditions that offer 300 plus days of sunshine. It is truly a golfer’s dream! After your round enjoy lunch or dinner at the course steakhouse, known for steaks, seafood, pastas, burgers and more. Why not stop by and play a round to see for yourself why Golf Digest gives Moses Pointe a four-star rating! ww ww ww .. tt aa ll ee ss oo ff aa dd vv ee nn tt uu rr ee gg uu ii dd ee .. cc oo m m

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Oasis Park Par 3

9-Hole • Public • Built in 1975 2541 Basin St. SW • Ephrata, WA 98823 Toll Free: 877.754.5102 www: http://www.oasisrvandgolfresort.com GPS: 47.28488,-119.57790 Season: Year round (weather permitting) Longest Tee: 27par – 930yds Amenities: Club & Pull Cart Rentals, Putting Green, Chipping Area, Food & Drinks, Mini Golf, RV/Camping

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Lakeview Golf & Country Club

18-Hole • Private • Built in 1950 19547 Golf Club Rd. • Soap Lake, WA 98851 Phone: 509.246.0336 GPS: 47.37633,-119.50241 Season: Year round (weather permitting) Longest Tee: 71par – 6638yds – 114slope – 70.9rating Amenities: Driving Range

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Vic Meyer’s Golf Course

9-Hole • Public • Built in 1949 34288 Park Lane Rd. NE • Coulee City, WA 99115 Phone: 509.632.5738 www: http://www.sunlakesparkresort.com GPS: 47.59291,-119.39186 Season: 3/01 to 10/15 Champ: 35par – 3093yds – 0slope – 35.5rating Forward: 35par – 2614yds – 0slope – 35.2rating Middle: 35par – 2867yds – 0slope – 34.9rating Amenities: Club & Cart Rentals, Mini Golf, Camping/RV Photo by Banks Lake Golf Club

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Banks Lake Golf Club

18-Hole • Public • Built in 1985/2000 19849 Ludolph Rd. NE • Electric City, WA 99123 Phone: 509.633.0163 GPS: 47.91784,-119.06356 Season: Year round (weather permitting) Longest Tee: 72par – 6127yds – 115slope – 69.3rating Amenities: Club & Cart Rentals, Driving Range, Putting Green, Restaurant, Café/Bar, Banquet Room

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Big Bend Golf & Country Club

9-Hole • Semi Private • Built in 1963 899 NW Cole St. • Wilbur, WA 99185 Phone: 509.647.5664 GPS: 47.76613,-118.72004 Season: Year round (weather permitting) Forward: 37par – 2875yds – 115slope – 36.3rating Middle: 36par – 2985yds – 107slope – 33.7rating Amenities: Club & Cart Rentals, Driving Range

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Dominion Meadows Golf Course

18-Hole • Public • 1945/2002 1862 E. Hawthorne Ave. • Colville, WA 99114 Phone: 509.684.2625 Toll Free: 866.886.5508 www: http://www.colvillegolf.com GPS: 48.53658,-117.87791 Season: 3/1 to 10/31 Longest Tee: 72par – 6743yds – 125slope – 72.3rating Amenities: Club & Cart Rentals, Driving Range

Dominion Meadows offers golfers of all skill levels a fun and challenging game. The course was built in 1945 as a 9-hole course and was expanded to 18 in 2002. Be prepared for beautiful scenery and panoramic views of the surrounding natural setting.

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