Lyons Ferry Park

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Lyons Ferry State Park
Snake River Bridge WA.jpg
Snake River Bridge, a major landmark of Lyons Ferry State Park
Map showing the location of Lyons Ferry State Park
Map showing the location of Lyons Ferry State Park
Location in the state of Washington
LocationFranklin, Washington, United States
Coordinates46°37′15″N 118°14′04″W / 46.62083°N 118.23444°W / 46.62083; -118.23444Coordinates: 46°37′15″N 118°14′04″W / 46.62083°N 118.23444°W / 46.62083; -118.23444[1]
Area168 acres (68 ha)
Elevation1,191 ft (363 m)[1]
Established1971
OperatorWashington State Parks and Recreation Commission
WebsiteLyons Ferry State Park

Lyons Ferry State Park is a public recreation area located near the confluence of the Snake and Palouse rivers, seven miles (11 km) northwest of Starbuck, Washington. The state park is on Route 261 abreast of Lake Herbert G. West, a reservoir on the Snake River created with the construction in the 1960s of the Lower Monumental Dam some 17 miles (27 km) downstream. The park offers facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming.[2] The area is managed cooperatively by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,[2] which operates the Lyons Ferry Marina.[3]

History[edit]

The park bears the name of the Snake River ferry service which ceased operations in 1968 after more than 100 years of service when it was replaced with the Snake River Bridge.[4]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began park construction in 1969, then leased the site to the state in 1971. It operated as a state park from 1971 until 2002, when the lease was relinquished by the state due to budget constraints.[5] The Army Corps of Engineers operated the property as Lyons Ferry Park and Lyons Ferry Marina[6] until 2015, when it returned to Washington State Park status with the signing of a new lease.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lyons Ferry State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Lyons Ferry State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Lyons Ferry Marina". Port of Columbia. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Long, Priscilla (January 17, 2004). "Washington rebuilds an historic steel cantilever bridge as the Lyons Ferry Bridge across the Snake River in 1968". Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. HistoryLink. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "State Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sign lease at Lyons Ferry". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. January 12, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Lyons Ferry Park and Marina". Port of Columbia. Archived from the original on March 13, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Public invited to celebrate June 5 reopening of Lyons Ferry State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. May 20, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2016.

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