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So refreshing!

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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

Lower lake means better beaches

I’ve got some good news and some not so great news, both about lake levels– on different lakes.

First the good. Lake Roosevelt has started to drop. Tonight, it’s down a little more than a foot.

You might not call this non-touristy spot on North Marina Way a "beach," but my dog loves it anyway. And sandy beaches will be better now, too.

That means we’ve got beaches! Last weekend, we boated to Swawilla Basin, an area with great beaches, but found no beach at all. But the big lake just started down last night and will likely continue.

By the weekend it will probably be down 2 to 3 feet, which I consider in the perfect range. It exposes beaches and leaves driftwood along the shore, not in the way of boats.

By the way, we found swimming to be quite pleasant, not cold, like it was just a couple weeks ago. This despite the fact that this has been the coolest summer since I’ve lived here (1989).

Now about Banks Lake.
The USBR started taking it down Aug. 1, as it does every year. But this time is different. A drop of 5 feet is normal, but by the end of August it’s predicted to be 13.5 feet down, depending on irrigators’ needs.
By October, it’s supposed to be at the record low of 30 feet below full, and it will stay that way until spring.

This planned drop is for maintenance of several things, including infrastructure at the south end of the lake.
The lake will still be accessible to boats at Coulee Playland in Electric City.