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Paddling Deep Lake Sun Lakes State Park

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

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

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    Food, fuel, firewood, WIFI, local information

  4. Accommodations
    Camping, cabins

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    Rating, disclaimer

Deep Lake birds at put-in.


Deep Lake has a boat ramp with a dock and some grass gravel combination to launch from.

The launch is free for car top craft that don't have a trailer carrying many kayaks of or canoes. Otherwise it is $7 as of September 2010.

WARNING: The shoreline at the launch can be infested with, wasps, hornets, bees in the grass and mud. Other spots along the lake are lined with poison ivy, oak and ticks. Plus this is rattlesnake country. Beware of where you walk and put-in the water here or take out.


Note, as of a October 8, 2010 visit to Deep Lake, this location is closed for the season.

Looking for a quiet, warmth, scenery, wildlife, this could be the spot for paddling. This is a very quiet little or no fossil fuel spot to spend some time exploring the basalt cliff lined lake here in Sun Lakes State park. Can be a good place for kayaking, canoeing or other human powered craft.

The most recent paddle at Deep Lake was September 30, 2010. The day featured a clear blue sky with sunny warm to hot in the 80s temperature. There was a good amount of wind from the east on the lake. This was good for cooling and not all that bad for paddling. At least there was a free ride back to the launch from the east to the west where the put-in and take-out at the parking area is located.

Deep Lake is located in the Coulee Corridor. This corridor is part of the Grand Coulee that runs north and south from the Columbia River to the north where Grand Coulee Damn is located, south through the Seeps Lakes area of Grant County and Adams County .

Deep Lake is part of the Sun Lakes State Park complex which is in the Grand Coulee. The lake is about 2.6 miles north of the main camping area at Park Lake on a paved road.

Paddle Route
Any paddle route on this lake can be in the form of a shorter casual route around the end near the put-in or go all the way, 1.5 miles plus one way through the cliffs to the far end.

There is a wide variety of wildlife in and around this lake. Birding can be terrific. On a good day you will see a wide variety of birds including hawks, waterfowl and many others. Since it is so quiet here, ff you don't see them you might hear them in the surrounding rocks and cliffs.

Fishing can be good according to some there are trout and catfish in the lake.

There are many bees, wasps, hornets and other insects along the shoreline where they are in the mud and grass. This can be a hazard to watch your for.

The shoreline can be lined with things like poison ivy.

There are rattlesnakes in this area. They are on land and I have been told can swim.

The eastern end of this lake is lined with shear rock cliffs. This means there is no way out of the water. The cliffs are straight up and down and dive well below the surface. They call this Deep Lake for a reason.

The heat here can be extremely intense. Bring protective clothing and or sunscreen and plenty of water to drink.

Wind happens and this lake is no exception.

Swimmers itch is present in the water.

This looks like a lovely place to paddle and it is. But take the warnings here seriously. Getting out of the water along some of what appears to be the more friendly spots to beach and get out on the land has a long list of hidden dangers listed above that need to be considered.

There isn't really any conclusion because paddling here and most places is a never ending story. No two paddle adventures are the same. This spot gets an excellent rating because of the silence, scenery, wildlife, sunshine and you name it. This and other locations in The Coulee Corridor are stunning places to put-in and soak up the beauty.

Whether a paddler kayaking Deep Lake or canoeing Deep Lake, paddling this part of the Coulee Corridor in Grant County Washington can be a good thing, if the conditions are right. For the paddler that is used to stroking the waters west of the Cascade Mountains in the Puget Sound region, this put-n is a complete opposite in terms of weather, scenery, nature, silence.

One of the really great things about paddling around in Deep Lake is there is close to zero human interruptus along the shoreline or in the region or above in the air. This is a little slice of what it might have been like way back in the time machine in the olden days before we created the fossil fuel dinosaurs that roll us around the country side. This is one of a few places in Washington State where a human being gets tons of visual eye candy and silence and cleaner air for the MBS, Mind Body and Soul.


There are no provisions of any sort at Deep Lake. The closest spot to find any food, water etc is back at the Sun Lakes Resort next to the main campground at Park Lake. There you will find a convenience type store with some food and drink. Other then the park concession you will need to head to Coulee City for food etc.

This is a day paddling spot. Bring the water, food and sunscreen you need with you.


The Sun Lakes area features a variety of camping and other more glamor style camping in the form of cabins.

Sun Lakes State Park has inexpensive tent and RV camping. Most of the camping is under large locust trees that provide shade. The ground is mostly a fine gravel. The upper camping area which is much further from the paddling, has grass and less shade. This is a very popular camping location. People from the gray sky side of the mountains in the Puget Sound Trough area flood this place to escape to the sunshine here. So, it is a good idea to have reservations at the peak of the season. Off season and mid week are less crowded.

Sun Lakes Resort next door to the main camping area features RV spots and cabins along the lake.

South of Park Lake in the State Park is Blue Lake. There are cabins etc at Laurent's Sun Village Resort with reasonable prices on cabins and RV and tent camping.

Nearby Coulee City park at the south end of Banks Lake Reservoir has some camping as well.

Further north on Banks Lake there is Steamboat Rock with RV and tent camping plus resorts with cabins.

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 crazy bell doesn't ring too loud here. Popular spot for picnicking, swimming and fishing so the traffic is good when parking here.

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.
****QUIET**** Little or no fossil fuel noise here.

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 197 miles.
Everett 189 miles.
Bellingham 250 miles.
Vancouver Canada 299 miles.
Spokane 107 miles.
Portland Oregon 305 miles.

Link to Topographic Map of Deep Lake area from the USGS Store

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Google Earth view of Deep Lake and the region.

GPS: 47.588178,-119.339988

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Region: Coulee Corridor

Overall rating: 5 paddles.

Launch: Free launch for a car top craft like a kayak or canoe when not using the boat ramp.

Launch rating: 5 paddles.

Parking: Free day parking. Limited amount so come early and beat the heat. Washington State public lands parking permit

Miscellaneous Sunscreen or protective clothing on hot days.

Route Distance: 1.6 miles from put-in to the end of the lake.

Highlights: Scenic, wildlife, quiet, warmth. Healthy escape from Inanity USA. Good for the MBS.

Warnings: Quiet,wind,bees,snakes,poison ivy and oak,ticks. Heat and sunshine. Rock cliffs. Swimmers itch.

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

Facilities: Toilet, one bar on cell phone in parking area. Bring water.

Services: No services of any kind at the launch. Convenience store 2.6 back at Sun Lakes Resort.

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

View of the put-in at Deep Lake from the parking area.

Pan view from the water at the Deep Lake launch put-in.

View of Deep Lake while paddling to the end of the lake with the cliffs.

Some of the cliffs that line Deep Lake in Sun Lakes State Park and await adventurous paddlers.


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Last Update: 06.23.11 9:42am