Billy Clapp Lake

Coulee City, Washington

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Billy Clapp Lake, more than 3 miles long, is a stunning body of water behind a shallow earthen dam. The lake is fed by waters coming down the main canal from Banks Lake, which gets its water from the Columbia River backed up by the Grand Coulee Dam. The main canal from Banks dumps its water into Billy Clapp Lake in a thundering waterfall known as Summer Falls (water is released to the falls only in spring and summer to serve irrigation needs throughout the Columbia Basin). Though the lake is manmade, its beauty is entirely natural. A host of animals makes use of the wealth of water here, and native plants thrive in the irrigated basin. Begin climbing the trail and almost immediately enjoy stunning views across the basalt cliff-lined lake.
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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Billy Clapp Lake, more than 3 miles long, is a stunning body of water behind a shallow earthen dam. The lake is fed by waters coming down the main canal from Banks Lake, which gets its water from the Columbia River backed up by the Grand Coulee Dam.

The main canal from Banks dumps its water into Billy Clapp Lake in a thundering waterfall known as Summer Falls (water is released to the falls only in spring and summer to serve irrigation needs throughout the Columbia Basin). Though the lake is manmade, its beauty is entirely natural. A host of animals makes use of the wealth of water here, and native plants thrive in the irrigated basin. Begin climbing the trail and almost immediately enjoy stunning views across the basalt cliff-lined lake.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Coulee City
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,500 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Billy Clapp Lake

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