Local Activities and Attractions

Smokiam RV Resort is located in Soap Lake in Eastern Washington state.  Surrounded by natural beauty and enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year, Smokiam Resort is also centrally located to wonderful attractions and activities.

The Soap Lake Area

Healing Water Spa – spa treatments in Soap Lake, WA.

Local Soap Lake Info Site

Masquers Theater – local theater in Soap Lake.

Soap Lake Chamber of Commerce – resource on events in and around Soap Lake.

Attractions & Activities

Quincy Valley Wineries List – renown wineries such as Cave B in nearby Quincy, WA.

Wenatchee Area Winery List – details and a downloadable map of the Wenatchee winery scene.

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Moses Lake – many recreational options in beautiful Moses Lake, WA.

Moses Lake Museum and Art Center – celebrates the natural history of central Washington, and exhibits many local artists.

Gorge Amphitheater – The Gorge at George has been rated one of the most scenic concert venues in the world.

Banks Lake Wildlife Recreation Area – Banks Lake, just north of Soap Lake, provides fishing and boating options galore.

Laser Light Show at the Grand Coulee Dam – beautiful light show at this world famous structure, the Grand Coulee Dam.

 

Summer Falls:  Located 10 miles away up Hwy 2 at  the top end of Billy Clap Lake.  These man made falls are a local secret treasure.  The falls only flow during the spring, summer, and fall months.

Summer Falls is accessed from Highway 2 in Coulee City in central Eastern Washington. Crossing the Dry Falls Dam along Highway 2, turn right at the sign pointing to Coulee City (N 4th St). Drive 4 blocks and turn left on W. Walnut Street, following signs for Summer Falls, then turn right on McEntee Street, again watching for signs to Summer Falls. McEntee turns into Pinto Road, follow this for 8 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the left (2 1/2 miles after crossing the North Main Canal – if you start driving up a long hill, you’ve gone too far).

A sign denoting the Falls and a gate are found just down the road but are hard to see from the main road. The falls are found 1 mile further down the dirt road at the park.

Summer Falls

Summer Falls

Blue Lake Rhinoceros Cave:  Located 7 miles away.  The Blue Lake Rhino Cave is not named after an Rhinoceros, it is one! One of the basalt flows in the Grand Coulee, the Columbia River Basalt, covered a rhinoceros, and now contains a small cave in the former shape of the animal.

 

The cave is visited from Laurent’s Sun Village resort, from where approach by boat or by foot is possible. The boat is a rowboat, which may be rented for a few dollars. Because of its size, the crawl through the cave is not for everyone. However, take a torch with you and you may be able to see the bellybutton.

Blue Lake Rhinoceros Cave

Blue Lake Rhinoceros Cave

Dry Falls:  Located 15 miles away at Banks Lake.  As the name suggests, Dry Falls no longer carries water, but is the remnant of what was once the largest waterfall known to have existed on earth.

 

Viewing the 3.5 miles of sheer cliffs that drop 400 feet, it is easy to imagine the roar of water pouring over them. (Niagara Falls by comparison, is one mile wide with a drop of 165 feet).  Fantastic hiking trails.

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Banks Lake:  Located 21 miles away.  Got Fish?  Banks lake is home to some of the best fishing in the state of Washington.  Bass, wallies, trout, perch, catfish, sunfish, carp, burbot, and lake whitefish can all be found here.  Head North on Hwy 17.
Banks Lake

Banks Lake

Steamboat Rock: Located 45 miles away around Banks Lake.  Steamboat Rock is a long-established area landmark, first used by nomadic Native American tribes and then by early settlers.

 

The basalt butte rises 800 feet above Banks Lake. It was once an island in the Columbia River bed. When the Columbia returned to its natural course, after centuries of being dammed by ice, the massive rock remained.

Steamboat Rock

Steamboat Rock

Lake Lenore Caves:  located 7 miles.  While only a 1.5 mile trail you could spend all day exploring the many caves here.  The best ones require moderate climbing to access. In the summer months do be cautious for rattle snakes.

 

The caves are located on Lenore Lake Road Just a few miles north on Hwy 17.  Turn right onto a graveled road and drive for less than a quarter to a parking lot with room for about 10 cars.

Lake Lenore is also a popular fishing spot.

Lake Lenore Caves

Lake Lenore Caves

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