Hear sounds under night sky at Steamboat Rock

CAMPING -- In case you've forgotten what it's like to camp out under the stars, Spokane photographer Craig Goodwin reminds us by devoting a sleepless night using his camera and recording night sounds at Steamboat Rock State Park. On a recent night-photography outing I made...


Accessible fishing pier built at Steamboat Rock State Park

FISHING -- A new ADA-accessible fishing pier has been installed at Steamboat Rock State Park near Electric City. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, at the boat launch on Banks Lake, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission says. The...

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Wildflowers blooming at Steamboat; snakes, too

HIKING -- A Spokane couple returning from a camping-hiking trip to Steamboat Rock State Park this weekend have several recommendations for folks who want to follow their footsteps: 1. Go now. The wildflowers are beautiful, with the balsamroot on the downward swing but bitterroots are...

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Aerial photos define Banks Lake drawdown, good fishing holes

FISHING -- The jury's still out on how much the lowest maintenance drawdown in Banks Lake's history will impact the reservoir's popular sport fisheries. But opportunistic bass, walleye, whitefish and panfish anglers are making photos and detailed notes of exposed structure they'll want to explore...

TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Banks Lake drawdown attracts shorebird watchers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The drawdown of Banks Lake for spillway construction that will last into next year is a pain for boaters (see post below), but it's considered an opportunity for birdwatchers. The drawdown is exposing muddy banks that are attracting shorebirds. Although better viewing...

Banks Lake drawdown dewaters Steamboat launches

BOATING -- Coulee Playland Resort still offers boat access to Banks Lake, but travelers planning to spend Labor Day weekend at Steamboat Rock State Park may not be able to launch their boat as water levels have dropped too low. The lake is being drawn...


Steamboat Rock gets jump on wildflowers

HIKING -- While wildflowers are just getting brave enough to emerge, the Columbia Basin, as usual has a jump on the much of the region. Here's a report from John Echelbarger, who hiked Sunday at Steamboat Rock State Park on Banks Lake. "There was a...

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