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Channeled Scablands
Geologic Sightseeing > Channeled Scablands (WA) 
Location
Numerous locations in Lincoln County (in and around Davenport), Washington.
 
Description
The Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington are home to geologic features not found anywhere else in the world. Catastrophic floods raced through the area during the last Ice Age, carving channels through the mostly flat land. Today, rolling hills of cropland and sagebrush steppe habitat are interspersed with canyons of carved basalt columns. A completely unique world exists within those canyon walls. Creeks and lakes support grasslands and trees. Wildlife and wildflowers thrive. Remnants of early Native American settlements and pioneer homesteads speak of the first inhabitants. Visitors have easy access to scenic canyons along 6 miles of roads open for motorized vehicle travel in the Lakeview area.
 
Directions
From Spokane, take U.S. Highway 2 west 30 miles to Davenport. Or, from Seattle, take Interstate 90 east for 203 miles, then State Highway 21 north for 19 miles.
 
Visitor Activities
Picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, wildflower viewing, and geologic sightseeing.
 
Special Features
The area consists of scarred black rock cut by canyons, channels, pools, rock basins, ragged buttes, and cliffs. Sagebrush is often interspersed with bluebunch wheatgrass, basin wild rye, and wildflowers. Mule deer often browse along uplands, and many migratory birds flock to the area’s lakes and wetlands. Thrushes, warblers, mountain finches, and other small birds not ordinarily found in arid, open country congregate here in fall and spring.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
None.
 
Accessibility
There are wheelchair-accessible outhouses and boat docks at the following sites:Twin Lakes:From State Highway 28, turn west on Coffeepot Road for 12 miles, then turn right into Highline Road. Drive 1.5 miles to the entrance on the right and follow this access road for about 2 miles to reach the recreation site.
 
Coffeepot Lake: From State Highway 28, turn west onto Coffeepot Road and travel about 12 miles to the gravel entrance on the left.
 
Pacific Lake:Take State Highway 21 north from Odessa, go 2 miles to Lakeview Ranch Road, turn left, and travel 5 miles on a gravel road to Lakeview Ranch sites. The Cache Crater Trail, 6 miles north of Odessa on State Highway 21, is wheelchair-accessible.
 
Camping and Lodging
All public lands in Lincoln County are open to camping, but there are no developed campsites. RV parking and lodging are available in the communities of Davenport, Odessa, Harrington (13 and 38 miles, respectively, west of Davenport on State Highway 28), and Wilbur (29 miles west of Davenport on U.S. Highway 2).
 
Food and Supplies
No supplies are available on-site. Supplies may be purchased in Davenport, Odessa, Wilbur, or Harrington.
 
First Aid
First aid is not available on-site. The nearest hospitals are located in Davenport and Odessa. Enhanced 911 service is available countywide.
 
Additional Information
Lincoln County, Washington, is sparsely populated and contains rough terrain. No drinking water is provided on public lands; visitors should bring their own, especially during the summer months, when temperatures can climb above 90°F. Visitors may encounter rattlesnakes and poison ivy. Vehicles are limited to designated roads and trails, and campfires must be self-contained. Visitors can obtain a free recreation map of the Channeled Scablands from BLM. At the Lakeview Ranch, visitors will find picnic areas with grills for cooking. Just a short distance east of the ranch, on the Pacific Lake shoreline, are recreational facilities, including a boat launch, fishing dock, and several camping and picnic sites.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Spokane District Office
1103 N. Fancher Road
Spokane, WA 99212
Tel: (509) 536-1200

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Last updated: 10-23-2009