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Grand Coulee Dam Area Visitors’ Guide 2012-2013


Visitors’ Guide • Grand Coulee Dam Area • 2012-2013

Table of Contents

Basic Questions..................................................................... 4 Grand Coulee Dam Facts................................................... 8 Are the Fish Biting?............................................................18 Monthly Fishing Guide.....................................................19 Hunting the Coulee.................................................... 20-21 Lake Roosevelt Facts.........................................................22 Parks or Viewpoints...........................................................26

“Coulee” Facts............................................................... 27-28 Colville/Native People............................................... 32-33 Chelan............................................................................. 37-39 Laser Show Facts.................................................................47 Welcome to Wilbur............................................................40 Welcome to Okanogan County.............................. 41-42

Index Banks Lake...................Pages 6, 13,15,18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Laser Lights at Grand Coulee Dam..........................Pages 4,47

Camping/Accomodations.... Pages 4,11,12,13,15,20, 21, 24,

Lake Roosevelt.................................Pages 5,14,18,19,21,24, 25

27, 48

Map of Area........................................................... Pages 29, 30, 31

Casinos............................................................................. Pages 5, 36

Municipal Parks ................................................Page 4,5, 6, 27, 41

Crown Point Vista..........................................................Pages 4,26

Museums . .....................................................................Pages 34,43

Fishing ...............................................Pages 5,7, 13, 18, 19, 20 41

National Park Service...........................................Pages 15,22,23

Fruit Stand..........................................................................Pages 3, 5

Native Americans - History...................................Pages 31 - 35

Grand Coulee Dam..........................Pages 1,4,8,9,10, 14,26,47

Schedule of Events.....................................................Pages 16, 17

Golfing/Bowling............................................... Pages 6, 11,38,39

Steamboat Rock State Park........................Pages 5,6,18, 27,28

Hiking.................................................................Pages 5,6,26,28,41

Spring Canyon Campground/Park..................Pgs. 5,6,15,22,23

Hunting, Wildlife..................................... Page 5, 13,20,21,23 26

Swimming................................................................... Pgs. 5,23,28,39

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Basic Questions: What town am I in?

There are four towns adjacent to the Grand Coulee Dam. The city of Grand Coulee is above the dam. Electric City is two miles west of Grand Coulee. These two municipalities are located in Grant County. To the north, the town of Coulee Dam is directly below the dam. Coulee Dam — divided by the river — lies within three counties: Okanogan County on the east side of the river, and Douglas County and a tiny portion of Grant County on the west side of the river. The town of Elmer City, less than two miles north of Coulee Dam, also is in Okanogan County. The Colville IndianReservationbeginsinthemiddleoftheColumbia River Bridge in Coulee Dam and extends north to Omak. The east side of Coulee Dam and the town of Elmer City are within the boundaries of the reservation.

What time does the laser light show begin?

The laser show is held nightly at Grand Coulee Dam as follows for 2012: May 26 to July 31 at 10:00 p.m. Aug. 1 to Aug. 31 at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. The show is about 35 minutes in length. There is no admission fee.Call 509-633-9265 for more information.

Where can I view this show?

• Best location — the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center (VC) at the dam and from the park below the VC. These areas are covered by an outdoor sound system. • The town of Coulee Dam has constructed a new park along Roosevelt Drive starting at the east end of the Columbia River bridge. The park has a terraced, grassy area for viewing the Laser Light Show. • Other view spots: from Douglas Park in Coulee Dam, from Crown Point atop the granite cliffs and above Lake Rufus Woods — access from SR174 toward Bridgeport. • The USBR broadcasts the audio portion of the Laser Light Show nightly at 90.1 FM.


How do I take a tour of Grand Coulee Dam?

At the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Visitor Center on SR155 just north of Coulee Dam, tours are offered. The VC offers movies about the dam, informational displays, and guides can answer questions. You can get the latest information there, or call 509-633-9265.

Where are public restrooms? • VC and park below. • North Dam Park, SR155, west of Grand Coulee. • Grand Coulee City Hall, SR155, Grand Coulee. • Grand Coulee City Park, SR174. • Etheta Anderson Memorial Library, Grand Coulee. • Mason City Memorial Park, Coulee Dam, across street from shopping center. • Spring Canyon, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, SR174 east. • Steamboat Rock State Park, SR155 eight miles south of Electric City. • Coulee Playland, SR155, Electric City. • Coulee Dam Town Hall, 300 Lincoln, Coulee Dam

Where can I find overnight accomodations? • AREA MOTELS: Coulee Dam — The Columbia River Inn, 10 Lincoln Avenue, 509-633-2100, 800633-6421; Coulee House Inn & Suites, 110 Roosevelt Way, 509-633-1101, 800-715-7767. Grand Coulee - The Grand Coulee Center Lodge, 404 Spokane Way,509-633-2860,866-633-2860; TrailWest, 108 Spokane Way, 509-633-3155, 866-633-8157. Electric City - Sunbanks Lake Resort, 57662 SR155 N, 509-633-3786, 888-822-7195.; Sky Deck Motel, 509-633-0290. Outer Area - Eight Bar B Motel, Wilbur 509-6472400;The Willows Motel, Wilbur 509-647-2100. • AREA CAMPGROUNDS - Steamboat Rock State Park on Banks Lake,11 miles south of Electric City on SR155, 509-633-1304; Spring Canyon on Lake Roosevelt, 1.4 miles east of Grand Coulee on SR174, 509-633-9188; Coulee Playland Resort on Banks Lake in Electric City, 509-633-2671; Grand Coulee RV Park, SR174 toward Bridgeport, 509-633-0750; Lakeview Terrace Mobile Park,2.4 miles east of Grand Coulee on SR174,509-6332169;King’s Court,SR174 toward Wilbur,509-633-3655.

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Where can I eat? Family Style

Pepper Jack’s Bar & Grille, 113 Midway Ave., Grand Coulee R&A Cafe, 514 Birch St., Coulee Dam Sunbanks, on Banks Lake

Fast Foods

TeePee Drive In, 211 Midway, Tim’s 4-Corners Union 76, Grand Coulee Hometown Pizza, Grand Coulee Electric City Bar & Grill, Electric City Banks Lake Pub, Electric City


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Where can I launch a boat?

Public docks are located at: Coulee Playland, Spring Canyon and Steamboat Rock State Park. Two other launching sites are about midway along Banks Lake. One is at Barker Canyon on the west side of the lake;the other is at the Northrup rest area on the small peninsula that juts out toward Steamboat Rock from the east side of the lake, just off the 155 state route. A launch ramp is in place at Crescent Bay on Lake Roosevelt.

Where can I buy postcards, gifts, souvenirs?

Many area retailers carry postcards, as do motels, restaurants and area concessionaires. • In Coulee Dam: Coulee House Inn & Suites Harvest Foods & Variety Coulee Dam Casino • Steamboat Rock State Park, • In Grand Coulee: SR155, eight miles south of Chamber of Commerce Electric City in the Grand Coulee. Coulee Graphics • Spring Canyon, SR174 east toward The Variety Store Spokane. Tim's Four-Corners • Grand Coulee Dam’s Visitor Center • In Electric City: Park, below dam; and Roosevelt Bill's Souvenirs Memorial Park, look for the Coulee Playland Resort bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt off H&H Grocery SR155 near the top of the dam. A picnic below the dam. Sunbanks Lake Resort • Municipal parks are located at: Banks Lake Golf and Country Club. North Dam Park, SR155, Grand • Outer Area: Coulee (covered eating area); Grand Coulee City Shaw's Fruit & Produce Park, SR174 east toward Spokane; Douglas Park, Trading Post, Nespelem SR155, Coulee Dam; Cole Park, just off SR155 on Rawson's, Okanogan Columbia Avenue (do not cross Columbia River Grant County Historical Museum, Ephrata Bridge); Mason City Memorial Park, across street from Coulee Dam shopping center; National Park Service headquarters, Crest Drive, Coulee Dam.

Where can I have a picnic?

Where can I fish?

Banks Lake in the Grand Coulee, Lake Roosevelt behind Grand Coulee Dam, and Lake Rufus Woods below Grand Coulee Dam. All three are year-round fisheries.Fishing is also permitted on the Colville Indian Reservation on McGinnis Lake and Buffalo Lake. FISHING REGULATIONS KEEP CHANGING. PLEASE REFER TO THE CURRENT STATE AND TRIBAL FISHING REGULATIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

What else is there to do besides tour the dam?

• Colville Confederated Tribes Casino 516 Birch, Coulee Dam; • Banks Lake Golf and Country Club, public golf, SR155 west of Electric City, 7 a.m. - dark; • Horseback Riding, near Grand Coulee; • Hiking trails at Candy Point, Northrup Canyon, Steamboat Rock, down river below Grand Coulee Dam;Bunchgrass Prairie Nature Trail at Spring Canyon; a historic walk through old Coulee Dam; • Houseboat, skiing and fishing boat rentals on Lake Roosevelt; 5

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Boaters on Lake Roosevelt lay claim to big exclusive beaches for the day. This Swawilla Basin scene is typical, as a family can find a beach or cove and enjoy it just about exclusively all day.

• Boating on Banks Lake, Lake Roosevelt and Rufus Woods Lake; Small boat, party boat and peddle boats rentals at Coulee Playland, Electric City; • Swimming at Steamboat Rock State Park and Coulee Playland on Banks Lake; and at Spring Canyon on Lake Roosevelt; • Canoeing with a National Park Service ranger on Crescent Bay Lake, below the city of Grand Coulee, summer evenings. Dates are subject to change. Call 509-633-9441 for info. Check with a ranger for times, which change as the summer progresses. Meet in the parking lot at Spring Canyon.All canoeing equipment (canoes, paddles, life vests) is provided; • Gehrke’s Windmills, North Dam Park, Grand Coulee; • Panoramic view of Grand Coulee Dam, at Crown Point. Take Highway 174 two miles west toward Bridgeport and watch for signs.Great spot for camera buffs. • Bowling at Riverview Lanes in Coulee Dam; 6

• Public library, Federal Avenue, Grand Coulee; • Tennis courts at North Dam Park, Grand Coulee; behind the credit union in Coulee Dam; and at Lake Roosevelt High School. •Year-round fishing.

Where are the grocery stores/mini marts? • Electric City — H&H Grocery, Coulee Playland and Sunbanks Resort. • Grand Coulee — HiCo on Grand Coulee Ave., The Variety Store, 414 Midway Ave. • Coulee Dam — Harvest Foods & Variety, Coulee Dam Shopping Center, Coulee View, 2 Okanogan Ave., • Elmer City - Shaw's Fruit & Produce, SR 155. • Outer Area — Trading Post, SR155, Nespelem;

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Visitors from a tour bus stop on Grand Coulee Dam to get photos from the top of the massive spillway and roiling river below. Some people find it hard to grasp the size of the dam, often thinking it’s smaller than it is. This group is in the middle of the mile-wide dam, and notice the size of the cars and trucks in the parking lot at lower right.

Grand Coulee Dam Facts: When was Grand Coulee Dam built and by whom? The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began construction of Grand Coulee Dam in 1933 as the key structure in its multipurpose Columbia Basin Project. It has since become the linchpin in harnessing the second largest river in the United States. It took nine years to build Grand Coulee Dam, but even more years of battling and political maneuvering before construction started. While it was recognized early in the century that the Columbia Basin had rich farmland that needed only water to flourish, the method for providing that water caused much controversy. A Spokane group insisted upon a 1348

mile gravity flow canal from Lake Pend Oreille to the Basin, while a Wenatchee/central Washington group favored building a big dam on the Columbia at Grand Coulee. The battle raged for 13 years. At its conclusion, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized $60 million to get the dam project started. In the Grand Coulee, life changed dramatically and quickly once work on the dam began in 1933. Not only did the undertaking of this massive project change forever the shape of the river, but overnight it created towns where nothing but sagebrush, sand and rocks had previously existed. Thousands came to the Grand Coulee looking for work in the midst of the Depression. They worked around the clock to finish the dam by 1942.

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Seventy Years Ago A pool or “tailrace” at the bottom of the spillway now absorbs the impact of the falling waters, without which the river water would find its own way, with destructive effects on the river channel. This trough measures 30 feet deep, 90 feet wide and 1650 feet long.

How many dams are on the Columbia River?

How big is Grand Coulee Dam?

Altogether, a total of 11 dams have been built on the river in the United States as it winds its way from the Canadian border toward the Pacific Ocean; Grand Coulee Dam is the keystone of the Columbia River system dams. Five other dams in the Big Bend region of the river also offer facilities for visitors — Chief Joseph Dam on Highway 17 in Bridgeport; Wells Dam south of Brewster on Highway 97; Rocky Reach Dam north of Wenatchee on Highway 97; Wanapum Dam six miles south of the I-90 crossing of the Columbia; and Priest Rapids Dam on Highway 243.

Grand Coulee Dam dwarfs the Great Pyramids of Egypt and generates more power than a million locomotives. An engineering wonder, it is also the country’s largest hydroelectric project. Grand Coulee Dam is one of the largest concrete structures in the world, containing almost 12 million cubic yards of concrete. It towers 550 feet above bedrock (as high as the Washington Monument) and is 500 feet wide at the base. There is enough concrete in the dam to build two standard six-foot wide sidewalks around the world at the equator. 9

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What is the dam’s main purpose? Actually, Grand Coulee Dam has three important functions: irrigation, power production and flood control.Although electricity was not foreseen as a primary function when the dam was built, today the production of electrical energy is one of Grand Coulee Dam’s most important jobs.

How is the electricity produced? Electricity is generated by unseen torrents of water

rushing through the turbines within the dam’s hydro-electric plants. There are three powerhouses at Grand Coulee Dam with a total rated capacity of 6,809 megawatts, making this dam the largest hydro-electric producer in the United States.

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Where can I get RV parts? Coulee Hardware, Grand Coulee.

Where are holding tanks dumped? At Coulee Playland, Electric City; Steamboat Rock State Park on Banks Lake; Spring Canyon on Lake Roosevelt; and at Coulee Dam's station on Stevens Street, one block off Columbia, near Mini Mart.

Where can I get propane? King’s Court RV Park,Grand Coulee RV Park and Coulee Playland, Electric City.

Where can I buy hunting & fishing licenses? • Coulee Playland

With hundreds of miles of shoreline to explore in the area, canoes are a great option.

Is medical care available in the area ?

Coulee Medical Center is open six days a week with the emergency room open 24 hours a day. It is located in Grand Coulee. Take SR174 toward Bridgeport, watch for road signs. The center is on the right quickly as you head toward Bridgeport.

Where can I wash clothes?

• King’s Court RV Park, SR174 to Wilbur, in Grand Coulee.



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How does Grand Coulee Dam help in flood control?

Each year, more than a million visitors enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

How do I take a tour of Grand Coulee Dam?

Each spring the water level of Lake Roosevelt, behind Grand Coulee Dam, is lowered to make space for massive amounts of water that will flow down the Columbia River in late spring Stop at the U.S.Bureau of Reclamation’s Grand and summer as rising temperatures melt snow Coulee Dam Visitor Center (VC) on SR155 just in the Rocky Mountains. The water is “captured” north of Coulee Dam. Abundant information in the lake to prevent flooding and films are available at the downstream and to provide VC. Call the VC at 509-633-9265 a steady flow of water for the to inquire about tours. See new whole year. interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center, even fly through the dam in a virtual reality game on a plasma screen. • View the award-winning movie, “The Columbia — a Fountain of Life,” at the Visitor Center. Also showing is a movie about the Ice Age Flood that carved out the Grand Coulee. • Tours are offered daily into The dam’s blocking of the the John W. Keys, III PumpColumbia River has created Generating Plant at 10 a.m., Franklin D.Roosevelt Lake,which noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. extends 151 miles upstream to The Visitor Center at Grand Visitors will ride a shuttle bus Dam offers great the Canadian border. The reser- Coulee interactive and fun displays, plus to the pumping plant where voir has a shoreline of 660 miles, knowledgeable guides to help they will view the gigantic a surface area of 82,000 acres, you learn about the dam and its pumps that lift water from and a total storage capacity of role in our past and present. Lake Roosevelt to be delivered throughout the Columbia Basin 9,562,000 acre-feet of water. Irrigation Project. Visitors then ride the shuttle bus across the top of Grand Coulee Dam for spectacular views of Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River as it winds through the town of Coulee Dam. The one-hour tours are on a first-come, firstserved basis. Also, no reservations are taken and Recreation on the lake is managed cooperatively space is limited. by three federal agencies and two Indian tribes. Beginning May 26,the Visitor Center hours will The National Park Service has authority for the be extended from 8:30 11 p.m.during the portion of the lake and adjacent shoreland com- summer season.This will also mark the beginning prising the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation of the popular laser light show which will run Area (LRNRA). The Colville Confederated Tribes nightly through the end of September. and the Spokane Tribe manage public recreation For more information, call (509) 633-9265. along the areas of the lake and shoreline that • See the dam from Crown Point State Park’s fall within their reservation boundaries. Other panoramic site. Two nature trails, Candy Point partners cooperating in the lake’s management Trail and the Down River Trail, also offer exciting are the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau vantage points. of Indian Affairs.

How big is Lake Roosevelt behind Grand Coulee Dam?

How is Lake Roosevelt managed for public recreation?


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Where can I camp? At a private campground

Coulee Playland Resort , SR155, 509-633-2671. King’s Court RV Park, SR174 (East), Grand Coulee, 509-633-3655, with laundry and more. Grand Coulee RV Park, SR174 toward Bridgeport. 509-633-0750.

At a State Park

• Steamboat Rock State Park — One of the most popular attractions along Banks Lake, this park is a 900-acre camping, swimming, hiking and boating mecca. One of more than 100 state parks, Steamboat Rock is among Washington’s best. It has a sandy beach and sheltered swim area (no lifeguards), plus a modern bath house and a concession stand. The wide grassy picnic area contains playground equipment and a truly unique view of Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock. For overnight camping, this state park offers 100 campsites with full hookups.Water, electricity, sewer, tables and stoves are on each site, and 26 standard sites with table, stove, and tent pad, plus 12 boat-in campsites located on the north end of Steamboat Rock. The restrooms have hot showers. The park also offers 80 primitive sites at Jones Bay and Osborn Bay Campgrounds,with tables and stoves and vault toilets, but no running water. Steamboat Rock State Park is part of the state’s reservation camping system. Reservations can be made year round by going online at or by calling 888-226-7688. The popular campground fills up fast and early reservations are recommended. The park is open for camping year round. Please Note: A permit is required at all state parks for boat launching, and trailer dumping. Permits may be obtained at the park office or from the Washington State Parks Commission in Olympia, Washington.

At one of the NPS Campgrounds

beaches and interpretive programs,to primitive boatin campgrounds. • Spring Canyon on SR174 is the closest NPS campground; turn left approximately three miles east of the town of Grand Coulee. There are 87 campsites including RV (dump station but no hookups), tent and group camping sites. Fee is charged.Reservations are available by going online at or by calling 877-444-6777. Other major NPS campgrounds are located at: Keller Ferry, Fort Spokane, Porcupine Bay and Kettle Falls. • Keller Ferry is about 14 miles from Spring Canyon by boat, or 15 miles overland from the Highway 2 cut-off near Wilbur.This area includes a marina, store, and free ferry across the lake to the Colville reservation. • Fort Spokane, built in 1880 and used by the US Army until 1898, it became an Indian agency, boarding school and tuberculosis hospital until the late 1920s. It’s about 50 miles up the lake from Spring Canyon at the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane Rivers. To see Fort Spokane, take SR174 to Highway 2, east, watch for road signs and turn north at Miles-Creston road, just east of Creston. • The Fort Spokane campground is the second largest in the recreation area. Picnic area, historic trail, swim beach and boat launch are available, also. • Kettle Falls at the north end of the lake is enjoyed for its beautiful setting and good boating. It has a houseboat rental operation.

Indian Reservation Camping

There are several campsites on the Colville Indian Reservation open to non-members. Various permits and random camp fees (for boats along the lake) can be purchased for one day, three days, seven days and seasonal. If a ranger sells a permit in the field, there will be an additional fee. Look for reservation camping guidelines at area camping outlets, or call 509-634-3145.

There are 35 campgrounds located along the 660 miles of shoreline around Lake Roosevelt. Five of these are maintained by the Colville Confederated Tribes, two others by the Spokane Tribes and 28 by the National Park Service. These facilities are available for camping, picnicking, boating, swimming and fishing. NPS camping sites along the lake vary from fee campgrounds with major facilities, picnic areas, swim 15

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Are the fish biting? Is fishing good in the GCD area?

Rainbow and kokanee are the stars of the lake, with walleye and smallmouth bass in supporting roles. In the summer months, trolling is the most popular way to fish the lake. During the cooler months, bank fishing is popular where fishermen can stand by a fire or sit in their rigs while waiting for the fish to strike. Still fishing is popular above Grand Coulee Dam during the winter and spring. A tribal license is required on the north side of the reservation on Colville Reservation and above the Third Powerhouse.

The three largest reservoirs in the state of Washington are within 10 miles of Grand Coulee Dam — Roosevelt, Banks and Rufus Woods all offer excellent year-round fishing. McGinnis and Buffalo lakes on the Colville Confederated Tribes‘ reservation can also be fished . Many changes have occurred to the warmwater fisheries on Banks Lake and Lake Roosevelt. Increased smallmouth bass and walleye limits and reduced size restrictions should keep you out on the lake all day! Make sure you measure your fish and keep only Catching a big one on Lake Roosevelt, open year round. what you can eat.

What kind of fish are found locally?

There are over 14 species of game fish found in nearby Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, Rufus Woods Lake and Banks Lake. These include: largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, kokanee, perch, crappie, whitefish, ling cod, sunfish and sturgeon.The sturgeon is by far the largest,and has been known to measure over 13 feet and weigh over 1,000 pounds. For fishing information contact Coulee Playland Resort at 509-633-2671.

When can I fish Lake Roosevelt?

This major waterway is a year-round fishery in Washington state. Fishermen are reminded to adhere to the state and tribal fishing regulations. Copies are available where fishing licenses are sold.


What kind of fishery is Banks Lake?

The sprawling Banks Lake reservoir covers 30,000 acres and is regarded as one of the finest fishing lakes in the state for bass, perch and walleye. In spring,summer and fall,it provides plenty of room for fishermen, both along its shores and from boats. In winter, ice fishing is popular and, depending on the winter, can last as long as four months. Banks Lake has a growing reputation and is becoming increasingly attractive to bass organizations hosting tournaments. For more information on these tournaments, stop by or call the Coulee Playland Resort 509-633-2671.

Where are some Tribal lakes?

Rufus Woods Lake - 52-mile reservoir stretching from Grand Coulee Dam to Chief Joseph Dam in Bridgeport, is an excellent fishery too. In the dam area, a boat launch is located near Elmer City on the Lower River Road. Heading north, turn left onto the Lower River Road just past Lake Roosevelt High School on SR155. Or ask one of the friendly folks in Elmer City. Boating is prohibited between the SR155 bridge and Grand Coulee Dam. McGinnis Lake - Take SR155 north from Coulee Dam toward Nespelem.Approximately one mile past Elmer City (three miles from Coulee Dam) turn right on the Peter Dan Road. Drive about three miles, then watch for a sign which indicates a left turn toward McGinnis and Buffalo lakes. Three or four miles after this turnoff, the road comes to a “T.” Take the right turn and the lake is a quarter mile away. Buffalo Lake - Follow the same directions to McGinnis Lake,but turn left at the“T”instead of right.Buffalo Lake lies another three to four miles beyond, on a good dirt road.

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Can you fish on the reservation?

permitted on the lake. The fishing is also good for walleye and trout in the Columbia River below Grand Coulee Dam.

Fishing is permitted on the waters of Rufus Woods Lake or April: A continuation of March within the Colville Confederated fishing patterns, with a few adTribes "designated fish area" ditions. The lakes on the Colville with either a tribal permit or Indian Reservation open to fishing. state license. More designated McGinnis and Buffalo lakes provide areas will be added later. For excellent trout fishing. McGinnis updates, you can call the state Lake has only eastern brook with Department of Fish and Wildlife some exceeding three pounds. at 509-754-4624. Non-members Buffalo carries “brookies”, rainbow of the Colville Tribes must purand kokanee. chase a special permit for all other reservation waters. These Weekend bass tournaments are can be purchased at certain local scheduled April through October Perch one type of the many fish businesses such as Coulee Playon Banks Lake. Bass tournament to be caught. land Resort in Electric City. headquarters are usually at Coulee Please note, a state license is Playland Resort (between Grand required when fishing from the Coulee and Electric City). shoreline of Douglas County on Rufus Woods Lake. Also,anglers fishing the Spokane Arm (Lake Roosevelt) May: Many area fishermen head for Grand Coulee must have a Spokane tribal permit when they fish Dam in May, where they fish directly upstream or from the reservation shore out to the midpoint of downstream from the dam. the Spokane Arm’s channel. Rainbow and walleye are caught not only early in the evening but during the pre-dawn hours.

Monthly Fishing Guide

January: Ice fishing attracts its own special following in the coulee. Some years, Banks Lake has safe ice for four months; other years, for only two weeks, and at times, no ice at all. Ice may form as early as December and run through February, or be available only for a fortnight in January. A unique way to ice fish on this lake is at night using a gas lantern with the prey being whitefish. The best ice fishing spots on Banks Lake is the causeway area west of Electric City—for perch. Many anglers fish the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt for large rainbow by parking their vehicle next to the lake. (Caution: unattended poles warrant a $100 fine.) A two-rod endorsement may be purchased - check the fishing regulations. February: Walleye fishing now comes into its own, with boat fishermen launching their boats at the Elmer City ramp (below the dam; check on accessibility) and fishing either upstream to the Highway 155 bridge or downstream to Chief Joseph Dam, a distance of approximately 50 miles. Shore fishing continues along Lake Roosevelt for large rainbow and kokanee (silvers or landlocked sockeye salmon). March: During the month of March, the ice is about gone from Banks Lake and now the big walleye are caught. Fishing is good not only from a boat on Lake Roosevelt but also from the shore. Crescent Bay Lake, midway between Grand Coulee and the dam, offers spiny ray fishing from the bank. Boats with motors are not

A major bass tournament is held on Banks Lake over the Memorial Day weekend. June: In Banks Lake, the walleye are taking jigs and spinners, just about anything tipped with a nightcrawler. Lake Roosevelt is dotted with boats fishing for rainbow and silvers.Some fishermen use“hardware”(Pop Geer and Ford Fenders) while others use small spoons fished from either leaded line or with a downrigger 30 to 50 feet below the surface. July/August: Lake Roosevelt is usually warm enough by the end of July that the water is tolerable for swimming close to shore. During these warm months, however, fish will seek the cooler deep waters of the lake. Other spiny rays that offer fishing all summer long are perch and “slab” crappie in the small coves along Banks Lake. September/October:While the fishing is still exceptional in September, hunting season arrives.With the emphasis now on hunting, sportsmen taper off their fishing during October. November/December: If the month of November has been cold, Banks Lake is beginning to freeze and ice fishing comes to mind. The small bays freeze first and offer fishing for yellow perch. By December, the lake is often ice-bound and holes are being cut in the ice. FISHING REGULATIONS KEEP CHANGING. PLEASE REFER TO THE CURRENT STATE AND TRIBAL FISHING REGULATIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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Hunting the Coulee What’s it like?

To the outdoorsman who likes to hunt, the Grand Coulee Dam area offers unparalleled hunting pleasure. No matter if the hunter is in pursuit of fur, feathers or horns, the coulee has much to offer to the sportsman. Beginning in September with the opening of dove season,through the middle of March when the rabbit season ends, the hunter will find a variety of animals, birds and waterfowl to test his or her skills. Weather extremes are also a factor. The dove season opener usually brings the warmest weather of the year. A goose hunter in December and January may experience sub-zero temperatures, while the March rabbit hunter will encounter weather comparable to late October and early November. The mourning doves arrive in July and by the first of September, the normal opening day, this migratory buzz-bomb is ready to test the mettle of the best wing shooter. They always fly fast. Then add a Wild turkey are abundant in the area. tail wind and they will appear and disappear in the

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Deer hunting is popular in the coulee with mule deer and white tail.

blink of an eye. These birds can be found in stubble fields on both sides of the coulee walls and can also be found in sagebrush and scab land surrounding some stubble fields. With the end of dove season, usually around the middle of September, the hunter waits for the opening of the general hunting season in which upland birds, deer and waterfowl open on one glorious October Saturday. Mule deer can be found in sagebrush-covered flatland and draws surrounding the coulee as can a few whitetail close to timber.Special archery hunting seasons can also be found in the area. Opening day also sees the upland bird hunter, with his flushing and pointing dogs, hunting the brushy draws for quail, the rugged hills for chukkar and the stubble fields for Hungarian partridge or more commonly known as “huns”. At the same time, the waterfowl hunter, with his retriever, is scouring the small potholes and lakes for ducks and the stubble fields for geese. As any bird and waterfowl sportsman knows, the birds soon become wary. Quail, chukkar, “hun” and the occasional Chinese pheasant flush as the 4x4 stops and it is only the skillful hunter who can put birds in the game bag during this period. The ducks cannot be found as they spend most of their days out of harm’s way on the waters of the big reservoirs. The goose hunter spends the days when he is not hunting, driving the miles of back roads in the coulee looking for feeding geese. Once the birds are spotted and found to be using a particular field, the hunters dig their pit long before daylight the following morning. (They have been careful to obtain

permission from the landowner first.) Once the pit is dug, they wait in hope that the geese will return to the same field as they did the morning before. By the middle of November, the deer season is usually over, except for a few special hunts and the only quarry to be bagged are the upland birds and waterfowl. By the end of December, the dedicated goose hunter becomes a solitary figure in the fields, as most seasons usually end the first of January. When the goose season ends in the middle of January, a few hunters will begin hunting the cottontail rabbit until the end of February. And then there is always fishing if a hunter gets tired and wants a change of pace during the day. Coulee country encompasses many acres of state and federal land that offer free hunting. Write to the Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, for information and maps of the area. Or visit one of the local businesses advertising hunting licenses.

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Lake Roosevelt begins its 133-mile stretch north at the city of Grand Coulee. Even when the lake is lowered to make room for spring runoff, as seen here, it still offers plenty of water, beauty and big beaches to explore.

Lake Roosevelt facts:

When was Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake formed?

When construction of the Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941, the waters of the mighty Columbia River began to backfill behind this enormous concrete structure. As a result, the waters of the once untamed river now swelled to create a 151-mile long reservoir named Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake in honor of the 32nd President of the United States.

How many campgrounds are there in the LRNRA?

There are 35 campgrounds which are located along the 660 miles of shoreline around Lake Roosevelt. Five are maintained by the Colville Confederated Tribes, two by the Spokane Indian Tribe and 28 by the National Park Service.The facilities provide opporunities for camping, picnicking, boating, swimming and fishing.

What is the Lake Roosevelt Is there a fee for camping? Camping sites along the lake vary from fee campgrounds National Recreation Area? with major facilities, picnic areas, swim beaches and Lake Roosevelt is a federally-owned reservoir which is administered by the Bureau of Reclamation. However, recreation on the lake is managed cooperatively by three federal agencies and two Indian tribes. The National Park Service (NPS) has recreation authority for that portion of the lake and adjacent shoreland comprising the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (LRNRA). The Colville Confederated Tribes and the Spokane Tribe manage recreation along those areas of the lake and shoreline that fall within their reservation boundaries.The two other partners in the management agreement are Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 22

interpretive programs, to primitive boat-in campgrounds.

Which campground is closest?

The closest NPS campground is located at Spring Canyon on SR174; turn left approximately three miles east of the town of Grand Coulee. There are 87 campsites including RV (dump station but no hookups), tent and group camping sites. Reservations are available online at or at 877-444-6777. A fee is charged.

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Triathlon world celebrity Ann Wessling takes on her first iron-distance bike above Lake Roosevelt during the 2011 Grand Columbian Triathlon. The bike portion of the race takes in 125 miles, starting with this hill to Almira, all the way up from Lake Roosevelt in the background.

The Big Race

The Grand Coulee Dam area is becoming somewhat famous for attracting super athletes who love the scenery as they compete in one of the most demanding sports in the world -- triathlon.The Grand Columbian Triathlon, put on by TriFreaks (find them

at offers several levels of difficulty, including the "super-tri." Racers first swim 3.12 miles, then bike 125.15 miles, then run 31.11 miles.This year's event takes place Sept. 15 and will attract hundreds of dedicated athletes.

What else is at Spring Canyon?

• hikes on the Bunchgrass Prairie Trail • children’s environmental education activities. • Contact NPS before making plans. All programs are subject to change. Call 509-633-9441 or check campground bulletin boards.

Spring Canyon has a beautiful sandy beach and adjacent shaded picnic area including grills and playground equipment. There are restrooms plus boat launching. A fee is charged.

Where can I hike in the LRNRA?

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area consists mainly of Lake Roosevelt and has very little land base. As a result, there are few hiking trails within the park. There is a self-guided nature trail at Spring Canyon, which starts at the campground.There are also trails at Fort Spokane, and Kettle Falls. When the lake level is low, you can walk many miles of interesting shoreline.

Does the NPS offer programs? The National Park Service often offers ranger-conducted canoe trips on Crescent Bay Lake, below the city of Grand Coulee. The group meets in the parking lot at Spring Canyon and car-caravans to the small lake. All canoeing equipment (canoes, paddles, life vests) is provided. First come, first served. The adventure is not meant to be instructional in the operation of a canoe, but rather a nature “walk” on water. Visitors often see beavers,deer, muskrats, great blue herons, Canada geese, turtles, frogs and nesting cliff swallows. Other NPS-conducted activities at Spring Canyon include: • campfire programs at the amphitheater

Where are the other major NPS campgrounds?

Major campgrounds are located at: Keller Ferry, Fort Spokane, Porcupine Bay and Kettle Falls. Keller Ferry is about 14 miles from Spring Canyon by boat, or 15 miles overland from the Highway 2 cutoff near Wilbur. This area includes a marina, store, and free ferry across the lake to the Colville Reservation. Fort Spokane, built in 1880 and used by the US Army until 1898, became an Indian agency, boarding school and tuberculosis hospital until the late 1920s. It’s about 50 miles up the lake from Spring Canyon at the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane Rivers. To see Fort Spokane, take SR174 to Highway 2, east, watch for road signs and turn north at Davenport on SR25. Besides some of the original outposts, there is a visitor center and a trail. The Fort Spokane campground is the second largest in the recreation area. Picnic area, swim beach and boat launch are available, also. Kettle Falls at the north end of the lake is enjoyed for its beautiful setting and good boating.It has a houseboat rental operation. St. Paul’s Mission includes the original site of Fort Colvile, once the second largest center for fur trading in the Northwest, and a rustic log missionary church. Close by are Sherman Pass and the Kettle River where hiking and canoeing are popular. 23

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Parks or Viewpoints What are the local choices for a picnic, viewing, easy hike or bike trail?

park, is located one block ahead on the west side of the river next to the Coulee Dam Credit Union. It is a pleasant area shaded by large trees and offers, tennis, handball, horseshoes and basketball courts. • Mason City Memorial Park - a Coulee Dam town park, is located in east Coulee Dam adjacent to the shopping center and post office. It contains picnic • North Dam Park – the upper half, maintained by table, grills and play equipment in a shaded setting. the Bureau of Reclamation, is located on SR155, Mason City was the early name of a portion of the just 0.3 miles south of its junction with SR174. It town now called Coulee Dam. overlooks Banks Lake and has picnic areas, water The town of Coulee Dam constructed a new park and rest rooms. with provisions for viewing the laser show at Grand • North Dam Park Coulee Dam. Freeoffers a shady picnic dom Point Plaza is area, tennis courts adjacent to the Cosoftball fields, amlumbia River Bridge, phitheater, horseacross the street from shoe pits, a covered the shopping area, grill,picnic areas and and features live perplayground equipformances from time ment for children. to time. A novelty of the park, • Downriver Trail the Gehrke Winda 6.7 mile hiking/ mills are a frequent jogging/biking trail tourist stop. Built along the Columbia by a local resident, River (Rufus Woods who made over 680 Lake) below Grand before his death Coulee Dam was conseveral years ago, structed by the U.S. the windmills are Bureau of Reclamaconstructed of casttion in late 1989. away iron pieces and The landscaped trail, painted in bright part of a road that is colors. Emil Gehrke’s A parking lot and viewpoint at the Visitor Center provides used by the U.S.B.R. windmills are recog- ample parking a great photo ops. for maintenance purnized as "folk art" poses, is open to the treasures and have been given media coverage on public. No motorized vehicles are allowed. A foot television, and in National Geographic and Sunset and bicycle bridge connects the system to the town magazines. of Coulee Dam across from the Coulee House Motel. • Grand Coulee City Park - located on SR174 east. A This compact-gravel pathway is an excellent way to children’s play area and an adjacent picnic section view the river and enjoy a peaceful respite morning, are found in this tree-shaded park.A large basalt rock noon or night. in the center is typical of the natural landscape of the Grand Coulee. Restrooms and water are available. • Douglas Park - found on SR155 in the town of Coulee Dam. This well-manicured park just below Grand Coulee Dam has large evergreen trees shading its picnic tables. A paved sidewalk takes the visitor to a scenic spot along the river providing an excellent view of the dam. • Cole Park - also maintained by Coulee Dam, affords You will find special delight in seeing the Grand Coulee a variety of recreational activities.It is located just off Dam and surrounding countryside from this hilltop. SR155, five minutes north of the Visitor Center (VC). Take SR174 two miles west of Grand Coulee (toward Do not cross the Columbia River Bridge but continue Bridgeport) and watch for signs. north onto Columbia Avenue past the bridge. The

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“Coulee” Facts

Is Banks Lake a natural lake?

Banks Lake is a 31-mile long reservoir, which was filled by the Bureau of Reclamation in the 1950s to provide irrigation water to the Columbia Basin. The reservoir starts just east of the city of Grand Coulee and extends to Coulee City.

What the heck is a “coulee”?

As a geological term, coulee means a ravine or deep gully, usually dry, which has been cut by water.The Grand Coulee of eastern Washington was formed over millions of years by eruption of lava which solidified and was later swept away by massive and tumultuous Ice Age floods. Forty million to 60 million years ago, a large inland sea covered the Columbia Basin. The basin was formed as a result The waters of Banks Lake fill the ancient Upper Grand Coulee, of uplift in the surrounding territory.Ten itself carved out of solid basalt rock by a series of floods as million to 15 million years ago, volcanic ice-age glaciers receded and ice dams broke in Montana. eruptions began to occur and many layis located across the highway from Steamboat Rock ers of lava flowed over the basin forming the Columbia Plateau.Today, these layers can be seen State Park and is open to hikers. as they erode, exposing the different lava flows. Approximately two million years ago, the Ice Age began. Several times the ice pushed south and then retreated. Glaciers covered some of this area. It was during the last Ice Age, approximately 10,000 years ago, that an ice dam holding the waters of Lake Mis- Yes, campgrounds can be found at each end of the soula (Montana) broke and massive floods swept Grand Coulee and in the very heart of the coulee. through the area. Evidence suggests that one of the last floods had waters that were over 800 feet high. • Coulee Playland Resort — In Electric City, it's two It is these successive floods that carved and shaped miles from Grand Coulee and two miles from the the coulees and other landforms that are so prominent golf course. It features 40 sites with full hookups, 25 primitive and 10 tent sites.showers,restrooms,laundry, throughout the area. mini-store, dump station and playground equipment, boat launch, marine fuel, boat rental and overnight docking. Campers also will find a swimming area (no lifeguard). Open all year round.

Can I camp in the Grand Coulee?

What will I find in the Grand Coulee?

Besides the geological wonder of the Grand Coulee and the Banks Lake reservoir, there are some surprises hidden here, too. It is a wonderful wildlife habitat for dozens of species of birds, as well as for deer and coyote.The only natural forest in Grant County is located in a canyon of the coulee. Called Northrup Canyon, it

• Steamboat Rock State Park — One of the most popular attractions along Banks Lake,this park is a 900acre camp for swimming, hiking and boating. It has a sandy beach and sheltered swim area (no lifeguards), plus a bath house, a concession stand, a grassy picnic area with playground equipment, and a truly unique 27

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essary safety equipment—flotation devices for each view of Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock. It offers over 100 campsites with full hookups.Water, passenger, a bell or whistle and a fire extinguisher. electricity, sewer, tables and stoves are located at each site, and 26 standard sites with table, stove, and tent pad, plus 12 boat-in campsites located on the north end of Steamboat Rock. The restrooms have Adventurous hikers should try Steamboat Rock. hot showers. At Jones Bay and Osborn Bay are 80 Head toward the saddle of the monolith, which can primitive sites with be seen from the park table, stove, a vault roadway. There are toilet, but no runsteep spots, but they ning water. are not difficult for Steamboat Rock most hikers. The panState Park is part of oramic view from the the state’s reservatop is wonderful.There tion camping sysare approximately 640 tem. Reservations acres at the summit. for camping can Hikers may also venbe made online at ture into Northrup Canyon where they or by calling 888will find 3,120 acres of 226-7688. The popforested ravines tucked ular campground away between coulee fills up fast and walls.The area harbors early reservations the only natural forest are recommended. in Grant County and The park is open is a nesting ground for camping year for the bald eagle and round. a peaceful home for Please Note: A other wildlife. To hike permit is rethe area, contact the quired for boat rangers at Steamboat launching , and Rock State Park. trailer dumping A few cautions: Do at the park. A not wander too near boat launching the edge of the rock. annual pass may Basalt is not stable be obtained at rock upon which to dethe park office or pend for sound footing from the Washwhen approaching the Banks Lake Golf Course ington State edges. Stand a respectParks Commission in Olympia, Washington. able distance from the edge. Be aware also that this is rattlesnake country. Rattlesnakes are generally not lethal, but they should be avoided. You will find them around most of the local trails during summer months. While not particularly aggressive, they have been known to bite. If bitten, seek medical attention. Boat launching ramps can be found at Steamboat Finally, if you plan to hike an hour or more, carry water Rock State Park, 11 miles south of Grand Coulee on to quench your thirst and help avoid leg cramps. SR155, and at Coulee Playland Resort in Electric City. There are two other launching sites found about midway along the lake. One is at Barker Canyon on the west side of the lake, and the other is on the small peninsula that juts out toward Steamboat Rock from the east side of the lake, just off the SR155. Yes, the public may golf at Banks Lake Golf and While boating is great fun on Banks Lake, navigators Country Club located approximately 1.5 miles west of are cautioned that the lake can become rough very Electric City and about five miles from Grand Coulee quickly.Keep an eye on the weather,and carry the nec- Dam on SR155.

What about hiking?

Where can I launch my boat?

Is there golfing in the coulee?


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Colvilles — Native People

Who are the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation?

For hundreds of years before explorers and settlers reached the lands of the Columbia Plateau, numerous tribes of native people occupied the territory of eastern Washington. Up to the mid 1850s, the ancestors of the Colville Confederated Tribes were nomadic, but life changed for them with the coming The new exhibits at the Colville Tribal Museum in Coulee Dam offer a full perpsective of settlers in the 1800s. of all aspects of Indian life from early days until the present. Today, the Colville Confederated Tribes is made up of 12 different bands of at Kettle Falls by a man named Simpson. Indians. Eleven bands are from eastern Washington The new post was to be called Fort Colvile, after the state, and one band, the Nez Perce, is from northeast leading member of the committee of directors in Oregon. The 12 bands are: Wenatchi, Entiat, Chelan, London,Andrew Wedderburn Colvile.Andrew Colvile, Methow, Okanogan, Nespelem, San Poil, Lakes, Moses, who was in the rum and molasses business, never set foot in America. He had, however, advanced Simpson Palus, Nez Perce and Sweelpoo. to his position of leadership. Trading took place at Fort Colvile almost daily. From 1826 to 1887, Indians traded beaver, brown or black bear, grizzly, muskrat, fisher, fox, lynx, martin, mink, otter, raccoon, wolverine, badger and wolf. Beaver As nomadic peoples, the different bands followed the and otter were most important, but martin and bear seasons and their sources of food. became popular after the 1840s. As many as 20,000 Deer and other big game, plus dried salmon were pelts a year went out of Fort Colvile. the primary food of winter. Small groups lived in the The word “Colville” was used by government officials mountains and hunted the abundant game. not the aboriginal Indians, who never met Andrew In the spring,the native people congregated in slightly Colvile. As time went on, and for convenience, the larger groups to gather camas and other roots in term “Colville” came more and more to be used as a the lower valleys. Through the summer and fall the designation for the native people of this area. Because Columbia River provided abundant salmon and other of Fort Colvile, all neighboring bands were eventually fish which encouraged large concentrations of Salish- confederated as Colville Indians. speaking Colville people. By executive order of President Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1872, the Colville Indian Reservation was formed and became the permanent home to the 12 bands. St. Paul’s Mission, near Kettle Falls, today includes the original site of Fort Colvile, once the second largest center for fur trading in the Northwest,and a rustic log missionary church.Nearby is the Kettle Falls Historical Many different tribes fished and traded goods with Center Building which features native American crafts, each other in the area of Kettle Falls, Washington. history and a retail shop.The exhibit is open weekends In the 1820s, white people learned that the Indians in May and Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00am to excelled at trapping and stalking game for the large 5:00pm from June 1 through LaborDay. fur trade. For this purpose, a new fort was established

How did these native Americans live?

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When were the boundaries of the Colville reservation established?

Indian Shaker religions as well as the Indian Winter Chinook Dances, the annual spring thanksgiving Root Feasts, and the memorial give-aways in honor of the deceased. Today, many of the young and elder tribal members continue to celebrate seasonal The original reservation was in exisevents such as the annual Suntence for less than three months of flower Festival at the Paschal 1872 when other executive orders Sherman Indian School, Omak, and agreements began to take porthe July 4th Powwow Celebration tions of the reservation for public domain. Over a 10-year period the at Nespelem, the powwow at the Colville Indian Reservation was reOmak Stampede in August and duced to its present size, less than other traditional gatherings. At half the original. these events, and at a number of locations on the reservation, members display traditional bead and buckskin items often Powwow in Nespelem done in designs handed down for generations. In Nespelem, the powwow takes place in the Tribes’ “Circle,” a traditional gathering place. Indians arrive The Colville Indian reservation is 2,300 square miles from reservations in Montana,Idaho,Washington and — about 1.3 million acres. It is bigger than the state Oregon to join in the festivities.Authentic ceremonial of Rhode Island. dress, stick games, dozens of teepees and a longestablished rodeo make the celebration memorable. This Annual Fourth of July Celebration lasts for 10 days. The public is invited to attend the powwows and other tribal-sponsored activities, including a meal of traditional foods. More than 8,500 people are members of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

How big is the Colville reservation?

How many Colvilles are there today?

How is the reservation governed today?

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Today’s Colvilles, an enterprising and progressive community of people, are a sovereign nation governed by their own administrative and judicial branches within the boundaries of the reservation. Leading the tribal membership is a 14-member business council elected from the four reservation districts of Omak, Nespelem, Keller and Inchelium.

Where is the tribal government located? Tribal headquarters are located on the Colville Indian Agency campus near the town of Nespelem.

What are some of the cultural/religious practices on the reservation?

Proud of their heritage, the Indian culture and religions are very much alive and active on the Colville reservation. There are the Seven Drums and the

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Is there an Indian museum?

From Nespelem take Cache Creek road over a quiet and picturesque mountain pass to Keller on the San Poil arm of Lake Roosevelt.There is a free ferry across Lake Roosevelt here, which has been in operation The Colville Tribal Museum has opened its doors to since 1948.Farther east over another forested mounthe newly renotain pass is the scevated museum nic community of and exhibits. Inchelium. If travelThe museum is ing west, continue from Nespelem on open from 9-6 Highway 155 over p.m., Tuesday beautiful Disautel through SatPass to Omak in the urday until Lasunny Okanogan bor Day, then Valley. on Monday There are 18 wellthrough Friday. stocked lakes on The museum the reservation first opened in with limited fishing 1995, and is loas well as hunting cated in Coufor non-members. Information about lee Dam at 512 Mead Way. Dur- The museum includes displays that offer insight into many aspects of these sporting acIndian life, including gathering food, something for which this horse tivities is available ing 2009, the exstands ready. from the Tribal Fish hibit gallery was and Wildlife Declosed for renopartment in Nespelem (509) 634-2110. vation. In March, 2011, the Grand Opening became a reality for the 12 bands of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, representing the Okanogan, Nespelem, Sanpoil, Chief Joseph Band of the Nez Perce, Chelan, Wenatchi, Entiat, Methow, Lakes, Colville, Palus and Moses peoples.


What is sold in the gift shop? The Museum Gift Shop features such items as traditional clothing, beaded items, books, silver and turquoise jewelry and Pendleton Woolen Mills items, such as bags, cups and coats and blankets. The inventory includes tribal members’ artwork, beaded items and items with the tribal seal. The museum merchandise is always changing to include new items and art work. The public is invited to the free museum. Donations are accepted.

What can visitors see and do on the reservation?


While traveling through the Colville Reservation, visitors are invited to visit the tribal headquarters near Nespelem or the other reservation communities.Just another two miles north, in the town of Nespelem, is a memorial to Chief Joseph who was sent to the reservation in 1884 with 150 of his band of Nez Perce Indians. Joseph, famous for his intelligence and peacekeeping efforts, is best remembered for the heroic march by his people in the late 1800s in an effort to resist the gradual and painful takeover of Indian land by non-Indians.


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Stehekin Landing: Courtesy Lake Chelan Boat Co.


North America’s Deepest Gorge: Continued... Along with the new Lady Cat, there are also two other vessels that make the daily trip to Stehekin giving you several choices to mix and match the schedules into a combination that fits your time frame. Utilizing the various schedules, you can create a layover in Stehekin anywhere from 1 hour to 7 hours. During your stay in Stehekin, you can take advantage of tours like the High Bridge Lunch tour, the Rainbow Falls tour, a self guided bike tour, horseback rides, fishing, day hiking, or just wandering around the valley. To make reservations, call the Lady of the Lake office at 509-682-4584 or the recorded info line at 509-682-2224.

Winter View from the air: Courtesy Lake Chelan Boat Co.




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Resort Community of Lake Chelan Centrally located about 150 miles between Spokane and Seattle, Lake Chelan is an easy drive from almost anywhere in Washington State and offers all the comforts of a resort community with the natural splendor of wilderness adventure. The valley includes portions of a national park, two national forest wilderness areas, and a national recreation area. At the lower end of the lake lies the resort community and town of Chelan. Chelan is wellknown throughout the state

as one of the premier resort destinations for sun seekers. Tastes of all types can be satisfied in Chelan that is host to activities as diverse as a WRA rodeo and a summer Bach festival. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation opened a casino on tribally-held trust land at Manson. The casino adds one more great attraction to this already splendid and interesting area. Visitors will find plenty of lodging and restaurants available to add pleasure to days spent in the amiable community. Slidewaters at Lake Chelan, with nine waterslides,

is one of the largest such parks in the Northwest. It’s a tempting time-out for families in the hot summer sun. A beautiful golf course overlooks the lake. History buffs can see several old buildings still in use and in excellent condition. In summer, the fourmile-long Chelan River can be seen roaring through its gorge and over the Chelan Falls on its way to the Columbia River. If you wish to continue your vacation through Chelan, contact your motel or the Lake Chelan Visitor Information Center TOLL FREE at 1-877-440-7933 38

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Other great day tours

Cruise North America’s Deepest Gorge Any trip to NCW is not complete without a tour of “North America’s Deepest Gorge” and the mountain community of Stehekin at the headwaters of Lake Chelan. Just a little over an hour from Grand Coulee, Lake Chelan is an easy jaunt, though the far end of the lake is only accessible by boat or float plane as there are no roads to the upper half of the lake. Not to worry, the “Lady of the Lake” provides year-round service and tours to the far end of this lake. The boat trip takes you from the lower basin deep into the Cascades.The ultimate destination

is the small isolated community of Stehekin which sits at the head of the ancient lake, and at the foot of a mountain pass once used by Indians traveling on foot over the mountains. Stehekin is an old Indian word meaning “the way through.” During your layover in Stehekin, make sure to enjoy one of the several valley tours offered. Reservations can be made in advance with the Lady of the Lake to ensure availability. The new “Lady Cat“ cuts the travel time to the other end, with speeds up to 50 miles per hour.

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Welcome to Wilbur If it is outdoor recreation you’re after, Wilbur is the place to be! Visitors are always welcome to stop by the semiprivate Big Bend Golf and Country Club at the west end of town to enjoy a round or two on the challenging nine-hole golf course. The course features well-maintained greens on a relatively level course with a few sand traps. Rental clubs and carts are available and lessons can be provided for a novice golfer.The clubhouse gives visitors a place to relax and enjoy a cool drink or a bite to eat. Emerson Park at the east end of town belongs to the school district, but is available for public use. You can enjoy a jog around the track, a fast-paced game of tennis, or bring a group of family or friends for a game of baseball or touch football. Downtown, you can relax in the shade of one of the most beautiful city parks around. The well-kept lawns are framed with splendid old trees and a rustic footbridge crosses Goose Creek, which flows through the center of the park. The Centennial Pavilion at the south side of the park is available for public use. Across from the creek is the public swimming pool. The Wilbur pool is open throughout the summer months, and for a small fee, local residents and visitors can take advantage of the opportunity for a refreshing swim.The west end features a diving board, and a wading pool for younger children is available at the east end of the facility. A couple of blocks to the west of the pool, you can find an outdoor rink for in-line or roller skating.Hockey has become a year-round activity at this site. Extensive recreational opportunities are available within a short distance of town. Hunting, fishing, boating, camping and water skiing are among the most popular of these activities. If you decide to stay around for a few days at one of the town’s RV parks or motels, be sure to take advantage of the Hesseltine Public Library, located at city hall, a block north of Highway 2 on Division Street. More than 1,000 books are just waiting to be read and enjoyed. The Big Bend Historical Society Museum, located in a former church building a block north of Sandy’s Thrift, allows the visitor to step back into Wilbur’s past. Among the many items on display is the gun taken from the hand of Wilbur’s 40

founding father, Samuel Wilbur Condon, after he was killed in a shootout over a woman in January 1895. Condon, more commonly

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Welcome to Okanogan County You have just discovered Washington State’s best-kept secret — Okanogan. Okanogan is the heart of the scenic, historic and fruitful Okanogan Valley. Located in north central Washington, 50 miles from the Canadian border, Okanogan residents enjoy a quality of life characterized by extraordinary scenic beauty,low taxes,recreation,low cost of living and four distinct seasons each year. Okanogan has become a magnet for young families, retirees, businesses, tourists, light industry and recreation enthusiasts looking for a pristine environment. The Okanogan Valley is one of the few remaining locations where individual boldness and enterprise are rewarded, and where past, present and future are viewed with enthusiasm and promise. Okanogan is a Salish Indian word meaning “Rendezvous.” Sometimes called “The Late Frontier,” the Okanogan Valley saw habitation by Native Americans for thousands of years, and — belatedly, compared to other regions of the country — saw a succession of explorers, prospectors, miners, trappers, cattlemen, settlers, loggers, farmers, missionaries and orchardists, providing in every respect a colorful history that carries forward to the present day. The history of the region is ably depicted in the acclaimed Okanogan County Historical Museum in Okanogan. Part of that history now includes a replica of the old Okanogan fire department building in Legion Park. It’s an exact replica of the old fire station building. It is used as a fire department museum, as well as a research center for the Okanogan County Historical Society and the Okanogan County Genealogical Society. A refurbished,early model fire truck is displayed,along with other interesting items. With first-rate schools, medical facilities and other amenities, Okanogan is a great place to visit, live, work, establish a business, locate an industry, enjoy recreation and more. Okanogan is served by rail, highway and air, and is home to first-class motel and restaurant services. Okanogan is home to Okanogan Public Utility District, which provides Okanogan County with reliable, inexpensive electrical power.Infrastructure is in place or in development for commercial and industrial expansion. A lively retail business district provides a complete range of goods and services for visitors and residents alike.

A replica old fire hall in Okanogan

Distinguishing Okanogan in the Okanogan Valley region is one of the most precious commodities in the area — water! Okanogan has plenty of pure, clean water for residential and industrial use. Okanogan enjoys more than 300 sunny days per year. The area has four distinct seasons during the year with hot summers, snow in the winter, and perfect spring and autumn seasons. Conditions in the Okanogan area have produced the finest location in the world for orchards including apples, pears, peaches, cherries, nuts and others. Okanogan is the center of the Okanogan Valley fruit industry. The scenic Okanogan River winds its way through the center of the city. Each year, thousands of Canada geese and other waterfowl migrate throughout the Okanogan Valley following the river. Visitors can hike, camp, fish, hunt, swim, boat, ski, snowmobile, golf, climb, sight-see, as well as enjoy clean air, clean water and all the amenities of an urban locale with a hometown feeling. 41

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Flowing through the Okanogan Valley just north of Omak, the Okanogan River slips down the cleft of what geologists say is the meeting point of two ancient subcontinents that once were separated by a sea.

Center of the Okanogan Valley Omak

The busy hub of the Okanogan features year-round entertainment for tourists from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation full of camping and recreation activities or you want to attend a play, go to a rodeo or play some softball, you can do it all in Omak. Visiting Omak is like taking some good medicine. At least that’s what some of the Indians thought when they traveled across the vastness of what is now called Okanogan County. The center of the county is Omak, which means“good medicine,”because of its dry, healthful climate.Warm summers and mild winters lead to an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year. Located in the fertile Okanogan River Valley near the pristine Pasayten National Wilderness, this lumber town is the largest in the north central part of the state and is known for its production of apples and its many orchards. Visitors are encouraged to make the Tourist Information Center their first stop. A friendly staff will provide updated information for all areas of Okanogan County, the state of Washington and neighboring British Columbia, including available tourist attractions, facilities and services. As the hub of the“all season”Okanogan vacationland, Omak offers vacationers a wide range of recreational opportunities. The city-operated Eastside Park offers full camping, R.V. facilities and showers, a new swimming pool, a golf course and bowling. 42

Conconully State Park

Conconully State Park, located in a side valley above Omak, is a cool, restful oasis on the banks of the Conconully reservoir, developed in the 1900s for irrigation. The park features standard and primitive campsites, and an expansive picnic area, complete with enormous shade trees, a picnic shelter, and a wading pool and play structure for youthful visitors. Near the park entrance, a replica of the first county courthouse stands. It features a sod roof and is typical of many of the ranch cabins that dotted this landscape in the early years of white settlement in Okanogan County.

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To reach the park, take the Riverside cut-off road from Highway 97, 5.2 miles north of Omak.The cut-off road will intersect Highway 215, follow this highway 10 miles to Conconully and follow signs to the park.

Bridgeport State Park

Bridgeport State Park is located near the enormous hydroelectric facility at Chief Joseph Dam. The green, fertile lawns of the park form a welcome relief from the brown, barren desert surroundings. The park features standard, RV hookups and handicap-accessible campsites, picnic sites and shelters, a children’s play facility, swimming beach, trailer camp and a nine-hole golf course. To escape from the summer heat, cottonwood and aspen trees are scattered throughout the campground. Wildlife that can be seen in the park include marmots, coyotes, rabbits, quail and (watch your step) rattlesnakes. The park is located near the town of Bridgeport on a spur road off Highway 17.

Alta Lake State Park

On a forested side canyon, above the arid valley near Pateros, is lovely Alta Lake State Park. Elevation, foliage and the cool waters of Alta Lake make this park a popular summertime attraction.Boating,trout fishing, camping and hiking are some of the many activities available here.

See if you can spot this Virgil Marchand sculpture of Sasquatch high above SR-155 on the way to Omak at Disautel Pass.

Campers can find standard, RV hookups and primitive sites, plus a group camp for clubs and organized groups. Nearby attractions include a golf course, guided horseback rides and boat rentals. To find the park, drive 1.8 miles west on Highway 153 from Pateros, turn left on Alta Lake Road and follow the signs to the park. After a busy day, tourists wishing for a little relaxation and entertainment combination are urged to attend a program at Omak’s Performing Arts Center. The organization's ultimate goal is to bring the world’s great performers to Okanogan County in its stateof-the-art theater. The center presents live music,dance,and serious adult theater. Stand-up and clap aloud as family entertainment abounds from the 564-seat center.

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A walk thru the past… in Grant County's Historical Museum, situated on 3-3/4 acres, a complex of 38 buildings preserving the historical legacy of Grant County. The Historical Village comes to life at the Annual Living Museum & Pioneer Day. New buildings - Big Barn and Old-Time Gas Station

LIVING MUSEUM • Saturday, June 9th PIONEER DAY • Saturday, September 22nd • Grant County Historical Society was Chartered 61 Years Ago • Grant County Museum Celebrates its 42 Year Anniversary Museum Opens Saturday, May 5 for 2012 Season

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(509) 754-3334

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Racers in the famous Omak Stampede plunge down the steep hill to the Okanogan River. The event, the second weekend in August, also features a rodeo, trade fair and powwow.


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1950 Ridge Riders Trail Ride across Grand Coulee Dam

2012 and Still Going Riding Clinic - March 31 through April111 Banquet and Auction - April 2, 2012 Colorama Rodeo Activities Rodeo - May 11 & 12 Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding - May 13 2 Ranch Rodeos - June 30 & September 22

1953 Team Penning

Chute Dogging is a new event this year. Local businesses will put together teams that will start out in the bucking chute with a steer wrestling steer. They must get across the line in front of the chutes before attempting to throw the steer. The fastest time will win. Ranch Rodeos consist of a four member team, one of which must be a cowgirl. There is lots of action in the arena as the teams participate in normal ranch life activities. Team Branding - Team Mugging/Pasture Gathering, Trailer Loading and good ole Ranch Bronc Riding. There is a catch, contestants cannot run their horses. Come join us for this fast paced

2009 1964 Colorama Rodeo Grand Entry 45

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Laser Show Facts

How long is the laser show? The laser light show lasts approximately 35 minutes during which time colorful images created by the lasers move back and forth across the huge surface of 2012 Laser the dam.

How are the lasers used at Grand Coulee Dam?

As one of the largest entertainment laser projection systems in Show Times the world, the lasers Nightly at Grand Coulee Dam at Grand Coulee Dam include two argon and two krypton beams. May 26 to July 31 at 10:00 p.m. Argon produces blue Aug. 1 to Aug. 31 at 9:30 p.m. The best locations are the and green light and Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. seating area at the Visitor krypton produces red Center and from the park light. By combining the below the Visitor Center. lights through a system These areas provide an of mirrors,and by varying the intensity,a full spectrum outdoor sound system. of colors is produced. The Town of Coulee Dam has a park — terraced and grassy for viewing the laser show — adjacent to the east end of the Columbia River bridge. Other viewing spots are: from the parking lot near the dam’s Third Powerhouse, from Douglas Park in With the river as narrator, the laser light show at Coulee Dam; from Crown Point atop the granite cliffs tells the story of the Columbia River and how its above Lake Rufus Woods, access from SR174 towards power was harnessed to provide multiple benefits Bridgeport. to mankind, including electrical power, irrigation The USBR broadcasts the audio portion of the laser for farming and exciting recreational opportunilight show nightly at 90.1 FM. ties.

Where can I view the show?

What is the purpose of the show?

What is a laser?

Lasers are intense beams of light commonly used in medicine and defense, but now finding a niche as a high-tech, fast-moving form of entertainment. They are controlled by computers which, at Grand Coulee Dam, are encased in a glass booth displayed at the Visitor Center. Although a single dot of light, lasers can trace an image so rapidly it appears as a solid figure to the human eye. The term laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is so commonly used now that the tradition of using capital letters for an acronym has been dropped.

How much did the lasers cost?

The laser light program, authorized by Congress to enhance visitors’ appreciation of this federal project, cost about $785,700. The laser show is an efficient communications tool, providing information and entertainment for thousands of visitors at one time.

How big are the laser images? Pictures are beamed at the awesome height of nearly 300 feet.

How far do the lasers project?

During shows, the laser lights are beamed between 2,000 and 4,000 feet to the surface of the dam. 47


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