We have a big lake here, formed by the water flowing in from the Kettle and Colville Rivers, and backed up by the Grand Coulee Dam. It’s a great place to swim and play during the summer. Since this is our first spring here, we were surprised to see how much the lake levels have gone down, and then quite fascinated to learn how the water levels are regulated to allow for spring runoff and prevent flooding as the snow melts in the surrounding mountains. It’s crazy how much water is let out and refilled this time of year.
Here’s a picture of Tami playing with Sasha on the beach last September:
And here is the same beach right now:
The light water-line right there in the near foreground is where Tami and Sasha played. But now the water level is about fifty feet below that. I can’t really even comprehend how much water that is when you look at the size of the lake.
Here are pictures of us playing in the lake last summer:
And here are some pictures from our walk there a few days ago. We were basically walking in the areas that are way down under the water you see above.
The lake bottom is amazingly clean. Just cracked, dried clay. That makes me feel better about swimming there in the summer.
The original town of Kettle Falls had to be moved when the lake was made. The current Kettle Falls used to be Meyer’s Falls. So when lake levels are low in the spring, you can walk down and see some of the remnants of the old Kettle, like these stumps that were line trees (dividing and marking property lines) and this old stone foundation.
Come visit us and we’ll take you to the lake to play and explore!