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Scott has been living in the Grand Coulee Dam area since 1988 and loving it.

So refreshing!

Kids neverĀ get tired of swimming. And if parents can play along for a while, then watch safely from a shady lawn, how perfect is that?

Welcome to Spring Canyon. It’s a gem of the National Park Service’s Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area at Grand Coulee.

Even on a smokey day, such as this Friday due to numerous wildfires in Washington and British Columbia, people still enjoy the beach at Spring Canyon Campground, which is open to all at no charge.

“We don’t have this where we live,” said a young mom watching her kids at the uncrowded beach, although she lives in Lake Stevens in western Washington.


Scott Hunter

Look for fireworks at North Dam July 4

Great fireworks off the top of Grand Coulee Dam July 1.

The 2017 Festival of America happened last weekend, but here’s a tip: Locals enjoy a great fireworks show of their own making off the top of North Dam, tonight, July 4. It’s an annual event, kinda crazy but well policed and permitted.

North Dam is what holds up the north end of Banks Lake, and a pretty safe place to hold fireworks. It’s the only place in the city of Grand Coulee where they are allowed, so local people flock to it. Travelers are welcome too, but bring your own chairs and refreshments. This is strictly non-commercial, no vendors selling hot dogs.

To get there, just head south on highway 155 at the junction with 174, where the 76 station is in Grand Coulee, and you’re looking at North Dam.