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Sagebrush-covered plains and exposed bluffs dominate the big and dry natural landscape of the Columbia Plateau in this sparsely-populated swath of Eastern Washington. Wheat-producing farmland has replaced much of the open rangeland for cattle and sheep that previously held court here, and the irrigation needed for that transformation resulted in the massive and amazing concrete structure called the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and the nearby Dry Falls Dam. Banks Lake lies between the dams, a man-made reservoir with 91 miles of shoreline, renowned bass fishing and water recreation.