Watch this great little video by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife with great tips on fishing Lake Roosevelt in the winter.
There actually is a way to get your boat onto Lake Roosevelt, even with all the National Park Service ramps barricaded during the government shutdown.
Bear in mind, ranger staffing on the 131-mile long national recreation area is minimal, so if you go, you’re on your own.
Get your boat on Lake Roosevelt despite govt shutdown.
Saturday, the area is treated to the display of some of the most amazing, determined seekers of perfection ever, triathletes competing in the three-pronged race that makes good use of hundreds of local miles and awesome scenery.
The Grand Columbian Triathlon’s 10th race in the coulee will bring up to a couple hundred athletes to the swim-bike-run events.
It all starts on Friday night with a spaghetti feed put on by the Rotary Club at the Church of the Nazarene from 4 to 7:30. But that’s the easy part.
The real competition starts at Spring Canyon early Saturday morning. Check out the details inside our special section below.
Here’s all about the Harvest Festival starting Friday, September 13, 2013.
There’s something for everyone here.
Community-wide yard (park) sale
There’s still time to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce’s community yard sale Friday and Saturday at North Dam Park. You can set up there for a $10 fee good for both days.
It’s one of the features of the two-day fall Harvest Festival.
Bring your own tables and set up for what could become a busy time sharing your pre-owned articles.
Yard sales are one of the community pastimes and the festival should produce plenty of lookers and potentially buyers. You can call the Chamber, 633-3074, for additional details.
Hay rides on Saturday
Terry Batterman is providing the team of horses and Janet O’Neil the wagon for Saturday’s hay rides.
The team and wagon will be near the skateboard park area from 10-4 on Saturday. The hosts say that young and old can take part in a good old-fashioned hayride through the park area roads.
The wagon will be loaded with hay bales as seating for the ride.
Costumed pet show
Bob Valen, a member of the Chamber Board of Directors, will run the Costumed Pet Show at the skateboard area.
Be creative — and take a chance that your pet will be good natured about it all — and be part of the judged show.
Last year more than a dozen pet owners dressed up their pets and put on quite a show.
Valen said that pets and their owners will show off, and then judges will make awards.
There’s plenty of room to show off your pets, or be a spectator to enjoy the pets, hopefully at their best.
The show is from 11 a.m. Saturday to noon.
Bring kids to the petting zoo
Come in to North Dam Park Saturday and meet “Spike,” the bearded dragon lizard. That’s all we are going to say about Spike; you’ll just have to come see for yourself.
It’s all part of the Petting Zoo Saturday from 10-4 at North Dam Park.
Spike will be on hand for only an hour, from noon to 1 p.m., so make your plan now to be there.
The chamber says there will be alpacas, sheep, horses, donkeys and much more. Kids can get close and in most cases touch and pet the animals.
Chalk art in the park
This is a good time to show your art skills.
The chamber furnishes the chalk and you furnish the talent. Draw your creations where everyone can enjoy them.
The chalk art opportunity is for young and old alike. It runs from 1-4 Saturday at the skatepark arena.
Beer Garden for two days
A beer garden will be set up in the picnic area from 5-10 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Adults only. Come and have a good time.
Rotary to offer a BBQ
The Grand Coulee Dam Rotary Club plans a barbecue at North Dam Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rotarians will have hamburgers and German sausages and side dishes, and cold drinks for festival fans. Bring your appetites.
Sponsors for this year’s Harvest Festival in addition to the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce are the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, Loepps Furniture & Appliance and the Colville Tribal Casinos. For more information on this year’s Harvest Festival, contact the chamber at 509-633-3074.
The level of the lake is expected to remain in the 1287 – 1289 range for the next week (July 21 – 27), the Bureau of Reclamation says.This lake level forecast is only a prediction and can change due to weather events, power demand or other unforeseen power emergencies.Lake level forecasts are updated by 3 p.m. each day. Please call 1-800-824-4916 for the updated forecast.
To check on the lake’s current level, you can check here.