Located about 10 miles from the small town of Easton and right off Interstate 90 near the summit of Snoqualmie Pass is Keechelus Dam. This area of the Cascade Mountains is home to some awesome outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking, swimming, boating, and more. Spend a little time in the area surrounding Keechelus Dam and you will gain a whole new respect for that part of Washington State.
Fun Facts About Keechelus Dam
-Keechelus Dam was constructed in 1917.
-Keechelus Dam is an earthfill style of dam.
-Keechelus Dam measures in at 128 feet high.
-Keechelus Dam is made up of 684,000 cubic yards of material.
-Keechelus Dam is operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.
-The water backed up by Keechelus Dam increases the size of a natural lake that was already there and known as Keechelus Lake.
-In 1998, Keechelus Dam was judged to have safety deficiencies that required a restriction on how high the water in the reservoir behind it could be kept. This restriction was kept in place until 2004 when the last of the alterations and repairs were completed.
-The name Keechelus, used for both the lake and the dam, comes from a Native American term meaning “few fish”.