Coulee City is located on the southern end of Banks Lake. The railroad has a long history of being very important to local residents, mainly due to the delivery of the grain harvested there.
Dry Falls Dam was one of the many important achievements in the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project that was started so long ago and has brought so much agricultural prosperity to the region. Here are five fun facts about this interesting engineering feature that you may have even driven right across.
-Dry Falls Dam was completed in 1949
-Dry Falls Dam backs up water in the Grand Coulee that forms Banks Lake. The water that fills up Banks Lake is pumped up from the Columbia River at Grand Coulee Dam.
-Dry Falls Dam measures in at 123 feet high.
-Water is diverted from Banks Lake, through Dry Falls Dam, then through two tunnels that mearsure two miles in length, then it travels by canal to Billy Clapp Lake where it is stored for further irrigation use behind Pinto Dam.
-While the major dams on the Columbia River in the area are made of concrete, Dry Falls Dam is an earthen dam that is faced with rock.
Dry Falls Dam sits just west of Coulee City and is on the southern edge of Banks Lake, keeping water in for use as hydroelectric power as well as water recreation. Water is released through the dam to continue on down the Columbia River Basin for irrigation purposes. This is a very small but a very important dam in North Central Washington.
Coulee City sits at the southern end of Banks Lake and is at a crossroads where people heading east or west will end up in either Wenatchee or Spokane or north to Grand Coulee Dam. Dry Falls and Sun Lakes State Park are both just south of Coulee City and are great places to visit and photograph.
Coulee City is a small community on the southern end of Banks Lake and right next to the Dry Falls Dam. It is known for the well attended rodeo that takes place there yearly, as well as a lot of activities that can be participated in there at all times of the year.
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