GRAND COULEE, WA - A popular fishing spot below the Grand Coulee Dam is now open for the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Many fisherman consider the area on Rufus Woods Lake from Highway 155 to the base of the dam, one of the best fishing spots on the upper Columbia River. It had been closed due to security concerns ever since 9/11.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Lynne Brougher says a portion of the area reopened on Tuesday during daylight hours only. Brougher says another part of the fishing area should reopen later this year, once more security measures are installed closer to the dam.
Boats are still not allowed past the Highway 155 bridge. The road across the top of the Grand Coulee Dam remains closed to traffic.