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Friday, January 13, 2023
By Dave Graybill
I made another trip to Grand Coulee Dam on Wednesday. The last time I was up there I learned that there were new owners at Coulee Playland Resort, which is at the very top end of Banks Lake. Ben and Sharon Fox have acquired the resort from the very long-time proprietor, Hal Rauch. Ben Fox said that he was originally from the state of Arkansas, but he and his wife had been living in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho for the past eight years. This brought them closer to their daughters. They were interested in getting into the resort business and found the opportunity at Coulee Playland through a business broker. They plan to make mostly cosmetic changes at the resort’s camping area and other improvements and general repairs. They also want to add some “glamping” style amenities, as this type of camping has become popular with a certain segment of the population that wants to spend time outdoors. Coulee Playland has been a feature on Banks Lake for decades, and has been the site of many events, including the annual Triple Fish Challenge fishing derby each spring. It has always been a great place to stop in to find out what’s happening on the fishing front in the area and is known for its well-stocked tackle shop.