Seattle is an inviting city situated on the edge of picturesque Elliot Bay and hemmed by the verdant foothills of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Range. An emerging tech mecca that’s poised to bring serious competition with the Silicon Valley, Seattle’s in the midst of a population boom that’s not without problems – traffic, overcrowding and skyrocketing housing costs. For those looking to get away from the hustle & bustle, a 60 minute drive East on I-90 puts you in Snoqualmie Pass and that’s exactly what I was looking to do during the frenzy of the September 27th, 2015 Supermoon Eclipse at Keechlus Lake.
Exit 52 dropped me amidst the towering Douglas Firs and other trees that give Washington it’s license plate motto, The Evergreen State. While I waited for nightfall, I explored the nearby Forest Service roads that wound their way up to the ridges of Mount Hyak & Mount Catherine, cutting across the ski resort of Summit At Snoqualmie before winding back down into the valley and positioning myself in the dry lake bed of Keechelus Lake and set up shop with my camera.
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Keechelus Lake (/ˈkɛtʃələs/) is a lake and reservoir in Washington state, USA. It is the source of the Yakima River. Keechelus Lake is the western lake of the three large lakes near Interstate 90 and north of the Yakima River in the Cascade Range, the other two being Kachess Lake in the middle and Cle Elum Lake to the east. After crossing nearby Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3015 ft), Interstate 90 runs along the eastern shoreline of Keechelus Lake.
Keechelus Lake is part of the Columbia River basin, being the source of the Yakima River, which is tributary to the Columbia River.
The lake is used as a storage reservoir for the Yakima Project, an irrigation project run by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. Although a natural lake, Keechelus Lake’s capacity and discharge is controlled by Keechelus Dam, a 128-foot (39 m) high earthfill structure built in 1917. As a storage reservoir, Keechelus Lake’s active capacity is 157,900 acre feet (195,000,000 m³).