Steamboat Rock State Park

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Steamboat Rock

Steamboat Rock State Park is a state park in the state of Washington in the United States. It is located near the north end of Banks Lake in the Grand Coulee. It covers 3,522 acres (14.25 km2), has 50,000 feet (15,000 m) of freshwater shoreline, and is open year-round for camping and day use. During the winter, it is possible to do cross-country skiing as well.

The park takes its name from Steamboat Rock, a basalt butte found in the lake. Steamboat Rock is a long-established area landmark, first used by nomadic Native American tribes and then by early settlers. The plateau is over 600 acres (2.4 km2) in area and rises 800 feet (240 m) above Banks Lake, which nearly completely surrounds it. It was once an island in the Columbia River bed during the last ice age. When the Columbia returned to its natural course, after centuries of being dammed by ice, the massive rock remained.[1]


  1. ^ Tate, Cassandra (October 11, 2005). "Steamboat Rock State Park". The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. HistoryLink. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 

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Coordinates: 47°51′47″N 119°08′00″W / 47.86306°N 119.13333°W / 47.86306; -119.13333