Pier 4 adjoins a city park and Moses Lake. The resort’s fine beach and the 200-mile shoreline provide excellent access for
lounging, exploring, water-skiing, boating, sailing, and birdwatching. Fishing on the lake enjoys a year-round schedule
(including ice fishing) offering trout, bass, perch, crappie, and blue gill. Nearby sand dunes provide a track for four-wheeling, bike riding and cross-country skiing in the winter. When the Grand Coulee Dam was built to harness the Columbia River for power, irrigation, and flood control, water began to seep through the lava rock at the reservoirs and surfaced in nearly every low area. With the appearance of so much water in the Moses Lake region, recreational facilities like the Pothold Recreation Area soon came into being. While you’re in the town of Moses Lake, you can learn more about the local history by visiting the Adam East Museum and Art Center where Native American artifacts and art exhibits are on display. Travel to the south of the resort to visit the 23,100-acre Columbia National Wildlife Refuge at Othello. A variety of species of waterfowl and wildlife use the refuge as a nesting site. Barn and great-horned owls, ravens, red-tailed hawks, and swallows are most frequently seen nesting in the ledges and cracks of the cliffs. The summer months find blue-winged, cinnamon teal, redhead, ruddy, and mallard ducks making their nests along the water’s edge. An interesting day trip is the drive north on Highway 17, with a side trip to Ephrata to see the Grant County Historical Museum and Pioneer Village. The museum exhibits, in chronological order, depict life from the homesteading days up to the days of the Columbia Basin project when Grand Coulee Dam was built. Your next stop should be at Soap Lake. The Native Americans named it Smoliam or “healing waters” because they believed it to have a therapeutic value. When the early settlers saw the wind whip the mixture of 16 minerals and salts into a soapy froth along the shoreline, they renamed it Soap Lake. Even though the water is 300 feet deep in places, the surface temperature remains at or near 87 degrees in summer, making it a pleasant and interesting place for swimming. If the buoyant lake water does not appeal to you, try one of the hot mineral baths that are available.