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Pacific Northwest Region
Boise, Idaho
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Craig Sprankle
(509) 633-9503

Released On: January 27, 2004

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Arrival Center Opens for 2004
The Visitor Arrival Center at Grand Coulee Dam will open for the 2004 season on February 1, according to officials from the Bureau of Reclamation. Hours for the center, located on State Highway 155 below the dam, will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the spring with extended hours for the summer.

Guided tours of the dam will also be available, weather and work permitting, beginning at the center. Call 509-633-9265 for the latest tour schedule and information on visiting the dam. A variety of movies and exhibits at the center explain the operation of Grand Coulee Dam and Reclamation personnel are available to assist visitors.

The summer Laser Show at Grand Coulee will begin on May 29 and continue nightly through September 6. Times for the show are: May 29 through July - 10 p.m.; August - 9:30 p.m.; and September - 8:30 p.m. From May 29 through September 6, the Visitor Arrival Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until after the Laser Show each evening.

The Visitor Arrival Center will close for the remainder of 2004 beginning September 7. This early closure is necessary to do scheduled modifications to the building over the fall and winter period.

Grand Coulee Dam is located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington, and is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation. Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits.

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