Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center and Tour Schedule
Media Contact: Lynne Brougher, (509) 633-9503
John Redding, (208) 378-5212
For Release: April 20, 2012
The Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center is open daily and public tours are being offered. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are given daily into the John W. Keys, III Pump-Generating Plant at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Visitors will ride a shuttle bus to the pumping plant where they will view the gigantic pumps that lift water from Lake Roosevelt to be delivered throughout the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project.
Visitors will then ride the shuttle bus across the top of Grand Coulee Dam for spectacular views of Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River as it winds through the town of Coulee Dam, Wash.
The one-hour tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, no reservations are taken and space is limited.
Beginning May 26, the Visitor Center hours will be extended from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the summer season. This will also mark the beginning of the popular laser light show which will run nightly through the end of September.
For more information, call (509) 633-9265.
Grand Coulee Dam is located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Wash. It was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife, hydroelectric power production and flood control.
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