Moses Lake, Washington

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Moses Lake is a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 14,953 as of the 2000 census. According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management's April 1, 2008 estimate, the city has a population of 18,310.[3] Major attractions include the Sand Dunes, Moses Lake,the Surf 'N Slide, the Ice skating rink and Baseball fields. Moses Lake is the largest city in Grant County.

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The lake, Moses Lake, on which the city lies, is made up of three main arms over 18 miles (29 km) long and up to one mile (1½ km) wide. It is the largest natural body of fresh water in Grant County and has over 120 miles (190 km) of shoreline covering 6,500 acres (2,600 ha). Before it was dammed in the early 1900s and then incorporated into the Columbia Basin Project, Moses Lake was a smaller, salty, shallow lake. One of its early names was "Salt Lake".[4] To the south of the town is the beautiful Potholes Wildlife reservation that has a number of "seep" lakes, a vast amount migratory birds and other fauna natural to the area.

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