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So refreshing!

Kids never 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

National art quilt show drawing hundreds

Oregon's Crater Lake in fabric and detailed quilting.
Oregon’s Crater Lake in fabric and detailed quilting.

More than 180 quilts honoring the 100th anniversary year of the National Park Service are drawing visitors from as far away as Brithish Columbia and California.
An hour after opening early Friday afternoon, folks from Summerland, B.C. told us they made the trip just to see the quilts. At that point 95 people had already visited the exhibit of what several there described as amazing and stunning quilted works, which depict aspects of national parks, many using techniques that provide a three-dimensional effect that just won’t translate in photos.
Check out our guide to this weekend’s events for more on the quilts, including times and a map to the exhibit

A gym at Lake Roosevelt Elementary is turned into an art exhibit for the weekend. Enter through the side door.
A gym at Lake Roosevelt Elementary is turned into an art exhibit for the weekend. Enter through the side door.




Great things to do at Spring Canyon this weekend


Saturday August 2, 2014
3:30-4:00pm Birds and Beaks
Join Ranger Deb in the day-use area in front of the Spring Canyon Exploration Center Building and learn about why birds have their particular beaks.
30 minutes.
6:00pm Bunchgrass Prairie Nature Trail Plant Walk.
Join Ranger Deb on a ½ mile walk on the Bunchgrass Prairie Nature Trail in the campground at Spring Canyon. We will be talking about the areas native plants and also learning about some invasive plants and their roles in the ecosystem. Please meet at the trailhead.
45-60 minutes.
 Please bring water and apply sunscreen.
 This is a very active bee and wasp area. Please, no bare feet and have epinephrine if highly allergic.
Sunday August 3, 2014
9:30am Crescent Bay Canoe Trip
Join Ranger Deborah for a free canoe trip exploring the wonders of Crescent Bay Lake. We
supply the canoes, paddles, life jackets and instruction. Beginners are welcome but an adult must
accompany children under 16.
 The trip is limited to 17-19 people, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Please make your reservations in person at the Spring Canyon Exploration Center on Saturday August 2, 2014 between 1:30-3:30.
 You must have your own transportation for the 10 minute drive to Crescent Bay Lake.
 Bring water. No water=No Go.
 Approximately 2 ½ hours, including drive time.