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Lake Lenore (Washington)

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Basin countries  United States
Average depth  15 ft (4.6 m)
Surface elevation  328 m
Length  12.9 km
Shore length  23.2 km
Max. length  8 mi (13 km)
Max. depth  27 ft (8.2 m)
Mean depth  4.57 m
Catchment area  950.5 km²
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Location  Grant County, Washington
Water volume  19,500 acre·ft (24,100,000 m)

Lake Lenore (a.k.a. Lenore Lake) is located in Grant County, Washington. It is a 1,670-acre (680 ha) lake formed by the Missoula Floods in the lower Coulee just north of the town of Soap Lake, Washington. It is situated between Alkali Lake to the north and Soap Lake to the south. The lake is rather narrow, but long. The length of the lake runs north–south alongside Washington State Route 17 leading from near the city of Moses Lake to Coulee City, Washington.


Map of Lenore Lake, Washington 98851, USA

One of the interesting areas around Lake Lenore is the Lenore Caves. Located at the northern end of the lake, the Lenore Caves are a series of overhangs along the cliffs at the lake. They exist in one of the largest volcanic regions on Earth.


  • Restroom facilities: Yes
  • Boat launch area(s): Yes
  • Handicap accessible: Yes
  • Lenore CavesEdit

    The Lenore Caves were formed by the plucking of basalt from the walls of the coulees by the rush of melt waters and are geologically different from most caverns. They were later used as shelters by prehistoric man.

    On Washington State Route 17 along Lake Lenore is a turn-off that leads to a parking area at the beginning of a trail. There is a sign with information about the caves and a general history of the area. There are seven caves accessible by well-maintained trails leading to the caves scattered about the eastern wall of the Grand Coulee across from Lake Lenore.


    On January 13, 1947, the U.S. War Assets Administration disposed of drums of sodium into Lake Lenore. See a January 13, 1947 newsreel.


    Lake Lenore (Washington) Wikipedia

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