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Washington State public lands parking permit.

Starts July 1, 2011.
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WDFW Public Water Access sites.

Paddling Lenore Lake

  1. Put-in
    Launch fees, parking ...

  2. Summaries
    Location, conditions, warnings, paddle route, nature ...

  3. Provisions
    Food, fuel, firewood, WIFI, local information

  4. Accommodations
    Camping, cabins

  5. Additional info
    Rating, disclaimer


This WDFW, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife requires a parking permit. See the link in the parking section here. Allows for launching and parking state wide for a few bucks.

The launch is OK. Small narrow gravel boat ramp used by anglers.

Unload at the launch. There is good space to turn around at the launch and unload.

Parking is up above the launch area near the highway by the pit toilet.


Drum roll please. Can stunning be said too much? This short little paddle is like padding in ancient works of modern art. The shoreline during lower water levels features things like chalk line along the lovely basalt cliffs and spots of greenery with birds and other critters.

Lenore Lake and this particular put-in are located in the Grand Coulee Corridor of North Central Washington State in the Pacific Northwest along highway 17. This particular put-in is a WDFW public water access site along highway 17 on near the northern tip of Lenore Lake. See the map provided on this page for the exact location. You can also check routes and distances to this place from where you are starting.

The conditions during the early October 2010 paddling adventure were warm and sunny. This region is famous for the sun. Winds were calm.

Sun protection is a good idea. Clothing and or sun block is worth investing in. Wind happens so be prepared for it. The water is alkaline here and most lakes in the region. Bring what you need to drink and eat. Snake and ticks are waiting for you here. :)

Paddle route
The route during the October 2010 paddle on the north end of Lenore Lake was only about 3 miles along the shoreline exploring the powerful scenery.

The route has some season rock cliffs that rise from the shoreline especially on the north western side of the lake.

During lower water levels like it was in October 2010 there is a white bathtub like ring that encircles the lakes. This alkaline stain shows up the best on the dark basalt rocks along the shoreline.

Highway 17 that more then likely brought you here unless you fell from the sky, runs along the along the eastern side of the lake. The fossil fuel fools that roam this corridor can make for some serious noise at times. But paddlers are in luck. There is a wall of basalt that protects much of this portion of the lake from the roaring dinos that roll north and south here.

Maybe someday there will be a day of silence. Maybe someday people will take back the earth and feature a day long festival of silence. A day to hike, paddle, bicycle, walk, talk, lay around in peace and quite and give the earth and all that lives on it in this region or others, a break. Take back the silence. Step back in time before the fossil fuel engines roared and poisoned the world. Can dream, can't we.

There are some birds but not many on this paddle. Rattlesnakes make the shoreline home. Some fish are around for them into fishing. The shore is dotted with some green spaces with more birds and other critters to check out at different times of the year.

There was a lot of algae floating in globs on the surface of the alkaline waters of this lake. Paddle and it turned to spit pea like soup trails.

Small amounts of suds can be seen on the shoreline sometimes after or during the winds here. Supposedly in the olden days before humans did all the irrigation in the area the alkalinity of the lakes and mineral content was higher and the suds on the lakes around here were big and blew across the highway. Ah the good old days.

Jaw dropping is one way to put this living masterpiece paddle.

The Coulee Corridor is not for everyone. Tree lovers might not get off on the the extreme starkness. This is another kind of beauty to paddle and submit and wallow in.


There are no provisions in the area. The towns of Soap Lake to the south and Coulee City to the north have food fuel and water.

During the peak season of summer there is a store in Sun Lakes Resort in Sun Lakes State Park next to Park Lake north of Lenore Lake.

There isn't any water in the area of the launch. The water here is extremely alkaline.

Bring what you need to eat and drink and pack out what you bring.


Sun Lakes State Park to the north a few miles or camping along Soap Lake in the town along highway 17 at Smokiam Campground both of which are possibilities. There are other campground supposedly during peak season on Blue Lake a short distance up the road heading north from the put-in on the way to Sun Lakes State Park.

This is a very popular area on weekends in the summer. Sun worshipers and party people crowd this area so reservations on weekends are a good idea.

For some budget camping, cabins, yurts, RV and hostels, check out Paddle Heaven's Coulee Corridor map and Coulee Corridor page of links as well as Paddle Heaven's Camping cabins and more.

Additional Information

Deliverance rating. The creepo meter doesn't go too high here. Lots of traffic along the highway helps keep sticky fingers off parked dinosaurs int the WDFW lot. This region doesn't appear to be on the main meth addict trail.

Tranquility Ranking
One way to up the tranquility rank besides taking Valium, until a National Day of Silence, no fossil fuel noise, try hearing protection. There is some tranquil moments and jaw dropping visual spectacle to see from a human powered craft here soothing the MBS, mind, body and spirit.

Go for it. You won't be disappointed on this shorty paddle. All your misery is guaranteed returned if this little paddle place doesn't scream to take out the camera.

Fishing Reports, Stocking Reports & Fish Counts from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Things your need to know.
Read Me disclaimer, warnings, paddle at your own risk.

Click for Coulee_City, Washington Forecast

See some of the weather conditions in Washington State by viewing Web Cams in diffefrent locaitons before you head out paddling.

View Coulee Corridor Paddling in a larger map

Approximate distance from:
Seattle 185 miles.
Everett 186 miles.
Bellingham 247 miles.
Vancouver Canada 297 miles.
Spokane 111 miles.
Portland Oregon 294 miles.

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Google Street view.
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Note Google caught someone with a car top kayak or canoe actually using the parking area at this launch.

Park Lake Jameson Lake SE and Little Soap Lake all topo maps for and about this paddling location.

GPS: 47.51316,-119.50336

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Region: Coulee Corridor

Overall rating: 5 paddles.

Launch: WDFW permit allows for state wide public water access. Launch is OK gravel and rock. Watch for bees in shoreline.

Launch rating: 4 paddles.

Parking: WDFW parking permit required. Washington State public lands parking permit

Miscellaneous More skills and gear the better.

Route Distance: Less then three mile route.

Highlights: SCENIC. Can STUNNING be said enough?

Warnings: The usual, sun, wind, cliffs and no way out.

Fossil fuel noise levels: 4 on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the loudest.

Facilities: Pit toilet.

Services: Soap Lake or Coulee City for food, water, fuel.

Budget accommodations: Tent,Cabin,Hostels,Kayak Camps,RV,Yurt.

WDFW boat ramp kayaking put-in Lenore Lake.

Clip of the awesome paddling scenery of Lenore lake near put-in.

Ring of cliffs north end paddling Lake Lenore.

Pan of the north,east,south and west towering cliffs over Lenore Lake paddling.


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Last Update: 03.09.11 1:36pm