Banks Lake

Banks Lake is part of the Coulee Corridor. The Grand Coulee is basalt cliff lined depression in North Central Washington. The lake is well known for excellent fishing and is a birders paradise in the spring and fall. Eagle Pass is a protected area just north of Steamboat Rock State Park that consists of rocky outcroppings of granite as big as islets or just rocks. Its a Sea Kayak II/III difficulty trip of 8 miles trip or longer.

on the water

There are many places to put-in and then paddle. Devil Punch Bowl in the main camping area is a good choice for more protected easy going starter paddling. 

Outside of the punchbowl mouth at the north are rock type gardens awaiting the paddler into exploring. Rock outcroppings and small islands on the eastern shore are alive with flora and fauna from crickets singing and geese and other birds calling out.

Heading north from Devils Punch Bowl towards Eagle Rock, Castle Rock and on towards Northrup boat launch, Jones Bay, Osborne Bay is rewarding to say the least. Or going across the lake to the larger islands and through what is called Lover's Lane is all awesome.

Information for Leaders

The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Suitable Activities: Sea Kayaking
  • Seasons: April, May, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
  • Length: 8.0 nm
  • USGS Electric City
  • WA DNR Banks Lake
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