Cle Elum Lake

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Cle Elum Lake
Cle Elum Lake (533523210).jpg
LocationKittitas County, Washington
Coordinates47°16′55″N 121°06′27″W / 47.2820°N 121.1075°W / 47.2820; -121.1075Coordinates: 47°16′55″N 121°06′27″W / 47.2820°N 121.1075°W / 47.2820; -121.1075
Typenatural lake, reservoir
Primary inflowsCle Elum River
Primary outflowsCle Elum River
Catchment area260 mi² (673 km²)
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length7.4 mi (11.9 km)
Max. width1 mi (1.6 km)
Water volume436,900 acre feet (538,900,000 m3)
Surface elevation2,223 ft (678 m)

Cle Elum Lake is a lake and reservoir along the course of the Cle Elum River, in Washington state USA. Cle Elum Lake is the easternmost lake of three large lakes (two are north and one is south of Interstate 90) in the Cascade Range. The middle one, Kachess Lake is also north of I-90 while the westernmost, Keechelus Lake is south of I-90.

Cle Elum Lake is part of the Columbia River basin, as the Cle Elum River is a tributary of the Yakima River, which is a tributary to the Columbia River.

The lake is used as a storage reservoir for the Yakima Project, an irrigation project run by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. Although a natural lake, Cle Elum Lake's capacity and discharge is controlled by Cle Elum Dam, a 165-foot (50 m) high earthfill structure built in 1933. As a storage reservoir, Cle Elum Lake's active capacity is 436,900 acre feet (539,000,000 m³).[1]

Camping, swimming, boating, picnicking, and fishing are available at all three reservoirs especially in the streams below the dams. Available fish species are lake trout, kokanee, and rainbow trout.

In Pop Culture[edit]

  • In 1994, the fictional village of Monanash was filmed on Cle Elum Lake for the TV show Northern Exposure.[2]


External links[edit]

Aerial view of Cle Elum Lake (2009). The view is roughly from the north.