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Deputies Patrol Wanapum Dam Reservoir Shoreline

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The crack in Wanapum Dam is attracting a lot of curious people who want to take a look at the shockingly low water levels. The crack in Wanapum Dam is attracting a lot of curious people who want to take a look at the shockingly low water levels.

VANTAGE, WA - The crack in Wanapum Dam is attracting a lot of curious people who want to take a look at the shockingly low water levels.

But deputies will now patrol the area to keep people away from the reservoir's exposed shoreline.

Visitors taking in the site of the extremely low water levels along the Wanapum Dam reservoir shoreline should know to stay back. Patrols are underway to enforces laws prohibiting people from trespassing.

Deputies from Grant, Kittitas, Douglas and Chelan counties, along with officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are now under contract with the Grant PUD to patrol the shoreline.

They want to remind people public-access boat launches, recreation sites and beaches are all closed.

There were several people on Friday at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Interpretive Center lookout point. They made the drive from locations across the region to take in the sight.

"Once in a lifetime experience because just he water being down so low. I don't think I'll ever get to see this again," said Andy Kroll, who drove from the Tri-Cities.

"They've got it pretty much blocked off. You can't go down there any more to look around. Just be interesting to see what's out here," said Charlie Robertson, who made the trip from Ellensburg.

Grant PUD wants people to use lookout points to view the impressive sight rather than going down to the shoreline. Officials say the shoreline is too dangerous at this time for the public.

Some other areas open to view the site are Priest Rapids Recreation Area, Buckshot Recreation and Wildlife Area and the Wanapum Dam Overlook.