Banks Lake, Washington, USA

Banks Lake is a 27 mile equalizing reservoir and part of the Columbia Basin Project, a major water resource project to provide irrigation water to fertile but arid land in central Washington. It was created when two rock-faced, earthfill dams were built at the ends of a large channel sculpted during the Ice Age. Banks Lake was named after Frank A. Banks, chief construction engineer of the Grand Coulee Dam, – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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Looking for Banks Lake cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

All About Banks Lake

Lake Locations: USA - West - Washington - North Central Washington -

Banks Lake is a 27 mile equalizing reservoir and part of the Columbia Basin Project, a major water resource project to provide irrigation water to fertile but arid land in central Washington. It was created when two rock-faced, earthfill dams were built at the ends of a large channel sculpted during the Ice Age. Banks Lake was named after Frank A. Banks, chief construction engineer of the Grand Coulee Dam, the main feature of the Columbia Basin Project.

Water for Banks Lake is pumped from Lake Roosevelt through the Banks Lake Feeder Canal and then into Banks Lake. Water is held in Banks Lake until needed for irrigation but the active storage can be replaced seven or eight times a year depending on demand for irrigation. Water is typically pumped into Banks Lake from May to September during the typical growing seasons on area farms. The final weeks of pumping build a reserve in Banks Lake that may be held until needed in late fall or early spring before pumping begins again next May.

Although the water in Banks Lake is drawn down several times, the minimum water surface elevation is 1560 feet. Fishing at Banks Lake offers the avid angler opportunities for small and large mouth bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout, walleye, kokanee, black crappie, bullhead, and whitefish.

For recreational opportunities at Banks Lake, visit Steamboat Rock State Park which offers a 3,522 acre camping facility with 50,000 feet of waterfront access for swimming, fishing, boating, and other water activities. There are seven boat ramps at three different sites along Banks Lake with 320 feet of dock reserved for boat handling only. In addition to typical water sports, rock climbing is also offered at the park. During the winter, skiing is permitted on the many trails throughout the park.

The Banks Lake area is uncrowded with much of the land used for farming. Located at the north end of Banks Lake is the city of Grand Coulee with a reported population of 897 in the 2000 census. On the south end of Banks Lake is the town of Coulee City with a population of 600 in the 2000 census.

Although Banks Lake was originally formed for irrigation, it has become an oasis in the desert for those seeking recreation and relaxation.

Things to Do at Banks Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • State Park

Fish Species Found at Banks Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Crappie
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Whitefish
  • Yellow Perch

All About Banks Lake

Best hotels and vacation rentals at Banks Lake

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More Sites to Book a Banks Lake Vacation

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Recommended Sites to Book a Banks Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Banks Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Bureau of Reclamation

Surface Area: 27,000 acres

Shoreline Length: 135 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,570 feet

Average Depth: 46 feet

Maximum Depth: 177 feet

Water Volume: 1,275,000 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1951

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • hot tub
  • wifi