The 9,140 acres of the Sun Lakes unit are within the lower Grand Coulee, adjacent to Sun Lakes State Park and parts of Park, Blue, Alkali, and Lenore lakes. Glacial floods scoured and carved away millions of cubic feet of lava leaving behind a deep and long coulee rimmed by basalt cliffs. Park and Blue are popular rainbow trout fishing lakes and Lenore Lake is a quality Lahontan cutthroat trout fishery. Very little wetland vegetation exists. A stiff sage/Sandberg bluegrass community occupies most of the uplands. Big sage/Bluebunch wheatgrass occurs where there are pockets of soil. Bare rock is the most common feature of this unit. Peregrine falcons and other wildlife are found among the many spectacular geological features.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From Moses Lake, take SR 17 north toward Soap Lake. Just north of Soap Lake, SR 17 enters the lower part of the Grand Coulee where it abuts Lenore Lake, Alkali Lake, Blue Lake and Park Lake in that order as you proceed north.
Parking/Restroom Information WDFW maintains two parking areas with outhouses on Lenore Lake. They are both marked with signs on SR 17. At Alkali Lake, there is one parking area with a boat ramp and an outhouse near south end of lake. The WDFW parking area, outhouse and boat ramp for Blue Lake is on the east side near the middle of the lake. The east side access road (Blue Lake Road) connects to SR 17 just north of Alkali Lake. WDFW does not have a developed parking area on Sun Lake, but there is a public fishing area on the southeast part of the lake just north of Laurent's Resort.
A Discover Pass or WDFW Vehicle Access Pass
is required on all WDFW lands. Learn more at DiscoverPass.wa.gov