Cities and Towns of Northeast Washington
Northeast Washington's greatest claim to fame is the massive Grand Coulee Dam, located almost in the center of the region. Extending nearly a mile across the mighty Columbia River, the dam is the largest hydroelectric producer in the country. The 130-mile-long Lake Roosevelt, a National Recreation Area that was produced when the dam was built in 1941, is a testament to its formidable size and strength. With more than 500 miles of accessible waterfront and 30 different species of fish, the lake attracts fishing and boating enthusiasts from throughout the West.
But Lake Roosevelt is only one of a number of natural and man-made attractions in Northeast Washington. The region, which is bounded on the south by the Columbia Basin, is an ecological wonderland. There are more than 35 parks and wildlife areas throughout the region, including Indian Rock Paintings State Park and Riverside State Park, near Spokane, featuring off-road, all-season riding areas and numerous hiking trails. Spokane, the state's third largest city, boasts the greatest number of parks per capita of any city in the United States.
Rock Lake, pictured at left, is located approximately 30 miles south of Cheney. GPS: 47.1843; -117.6821. Catch brown and rainbow trout in this deep lake. To learn more about the geology and history of Rock Lake read the article by Spokane Outdoors.
The northern section of this region is rich in historical and ecological landmarks as well. National forests make up the bulk of this area and include attractions such as Kettle Falls and the Sherman Pass Byway, a 35-mile network of heritage sites, wildlife areas and spectacular vistas.
The northwestern edge of the region is dotted by ghost towns and the remnants of a gold rush that had gripped the area a century earlier. Highway 97, which skirts the western edge of this region, provides a scenic tour of Western Washington's historic ranching area, which is bordered at the north end by British Columbia's arid Osoyoos and at the south by the lush countryside of Wenatchee and Leavenworth.
Boom Towns and Relic Hunters
A fun site offering lots of information on the history and ghost towns of Northeastern Washington. Also tips on metal detecting and relic hunting.
The Okanogan Region is bound by the Cascade Mountains to the north and west, the Great Plains and Rocky mountains to the east, and the Columbia River to the south. This links to an online guide to visitor destinations, products and services in the region. Includes history, photos, bulletin board and events.
Information for visitors to Okanogan County, on topics ranging from casinos to golf, and wildlife to driving. (By The Chronicle Online web site.)
Chief Joseph Dam
A tour of the dam will take you deep into the bowels of the structure, where you can see the power of unleashed water.
49o North Mountain Resort
Located in the 1.2-million acre Colville National Forest one hour north of Spokane and 10 miles east of Chewelah.. Open Fridays through Tuesdays. Site offers snow reports, description of resort and facilities, rates and classes.
Pend Oreille Outdoor Experiences. 802 Black Road, Usk, WA 99180. Phone: 509-445-1393.
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