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Banks-Lake was named after the construction supervisor of the Grand Coulee Dam, Frank A. Banks. The reservoir that the Grand Coulee Dam creates is Banks Lake. Banks Lake is 27 miles long, has a circumference of 91 miles and is a popular spot for bass fishing and water sports as well as camping, flying, boating and hiking. The Washington State Parks system is made up of more than 125 developed parks one of which is the Banks Lake Wildlife Recreation Area. The Banks Lake Wildlife Recreation Area is ringed with basalt cliffs with outstanding wildlife watching. Steamboat Rock State Park is a camping park at the north end of Banks Lake. A sandy swimming area and boat launches make the area a favorite among visitors who enjoy water sports. The Banks Lake reservoir primarily is used to hold water for irrigation and is part of the Columbia Basin Project. The town of Electric City and the city of Grand Coulee are located at the north end of Banks Lake. At the south end of the lake is Coulee City. Tours of the Grand Coulee Dam near the north end of Banks Lake are held daily. Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydroelectric facility in the world.

Surrounding areas: Lake Chelan, Washington (36.0 mi), Crescent Bar, Washington (38.3 mi)

Banks Lake Vacation Rentals

Banks Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ephrata Travelodge31 Basin St SWEphrata, WA23.7 mi.(509) 754-4651

Banks Lake Weather & Climate

Central Washington , near the Columbia River Plateau, snow can be expected after the first of December and average from 10 to 35 inches. The Central Basin is subject to "chinook" winds which produce a rapid rise in temperature. A few damaging hailstorms are reported each summer. The average January maximum temperature is 30 F in the colder localities in the Columbia Basin. In July the average maximum temperature is in the lower 90's, and the minimum temperature is in the upper 50's. Maximum temperatures reach 100 to 105 on a few afternoons each summer. The last freezing temperature n the spring occurs during the latter half of May in the colder localities of the Columbia Basin. The first freezing temperature in the fall is usually recorded between mid-September and mid-October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 33°F 19°F 0.83 in. -
February 40°F 24°F 0.97 in. -
March 51°F 30°F 0.99 in. -
April 62°F 35°F 0.77 in. -
May 71°F 42°F 1.06 in. -
June 78°F 48°F 0.81 in. -
July 87°F 55°F 0.69 in. -
August 86°F 55°F 0.46 in. -
September 77°F 47°F 0.50 in. -
October 62°F 36°F 0.59 in. -
November 43°F 27°F 1.37 in. -
December 33°F 20°F 1.41 in. -

Banks Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Ephrata Municipal airport (EPH) located about 23 miles southwest of Banks Lake in Ephrata, Washington, the Grant County International airport (MWH) located approximately 28 miles south of Banks Lake in Moses Lake, Washington, the Pangborn Memorial airport (EAT) located roughly 44 miles west of Banks Lake in Wenatchee, Washington, and finally Bowers Field (ELN) located around 70 miles southwest of Banks Lake in Ellensburg, Washington.

Banks Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Riverfront ParkSpokaneWA87.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Vic Meyers Golf CourseCoulee CityWA1.0 mi.
Oasis Park Golf CourseEphrataWA24.3 mi.
Banks Lake Golf & Country ClubElectric CityWA25.0 mi.
Big Bend Golf & Country ClubWilburWA29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA48.7 mi.
State Parks
Sun Lakes State ParkWA3.3 mi. 
Summer Falls State ParkWA8.4 mi. 
Sunlake State ParkWA14.6 mi. 
Steamboat Rock State ParkWA18.5 mi. 
Northrup Canyon State ParkWA21.0 mi. 
Crown Point State ParkWA28.5 mi. 
Bridgeport State ParkWA30.2 mi. 
Ice Caves State ParkWA35.2 mi. 
Chief Joseph State ParkWA35.6 mi. 
Moses Lake State ParkWA35.9 mi. 
Fort Okanogan State ParkWA36.6 mi. 

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