Moses Lake Community Information

Education

Moses Lake is part of Moses Lake School District 161, whose motto is "Excellence in Education." There is one pre-school, six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The school district provides itself on its one-on-one education and special attention to students who require a little extra assistance, such as a speech therapy program. In addition, there is a community college in the area. Big Bend Community College offers two-year degrees in a variety of academic subjects.

Local Economy

Although Moses Lake is mainly known as an agricultural town, it has taken a turn in recent years as a leader in manufacturing and technology, as well as alternative energy. Big name companies such as REC Silicon create their poly-silicon used in solar panels right here in Moses Lake. Yahoo and Microsoft have huge data storage facilities in the Moses Lake area. Alternative fuel companies such as Ethanol and Washington Biodiesel also work in the area; as well as the alternative energy company Katana. Moses Lake will soon be a running leader in these industries and is a great hot spot for jobs in the alternative energy field. Major airlines from around the world use Grant County International airport to train pilots.

Compared to the rest of the country, Moses Lake's cost of living is 8.29% lower than the U.S. average.

Attractions & Community Events

Moses Lake is home to a number of cultural/artistic venues and events. One of the biggest is the The Moses Lake Museum and Art Center. The Museum is home to a variety of traveling and permanent exhibits as well as a wide collection of Native American artifacts from the Columbia Basin region. The most popular permanent exhibit is the Native Voices: Affirmation of the Human Spirit, which explores Native Americans' connection to the land and animals, as well as their spirituality. The summer months is an excellent time for visitors to stroll along the SculptureWalk, a self-guided walking tour of the museum's gorgeous sculpture garden located in downtown Moses Lake.

Dozens of events occur throughout the year, which keep residents busy, happy and entertained! One of the main ones is the MAC Holiday Show at The Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, which takes place from the end of November to the beginning of December. Crafts from original artists of the Northwest shimmer on stands at this unique market for holiday gifts. The show is always free so even if one isn't looking to buy they can still enjoy admiring the unusual crafts. Summertime boasts a weekly Farmer's Market right in downtown for the freshest local produce.

The city also sponsors a Free Family Days fest every month. The Days feature various activities depending on the month and the season. For instance, in February families can enjoy making Valentine's Day crafts and cards. In October, families get to test their carving skills with a pumpkin-carving contest.

Parks & Recreation

Residents of Moses Lake enjoy a diverse array of outdoor activities depending on the season. Surf n' Slide Water Park is a very popular place for residents to cool down during the summer months. The Park is open from May to September, and is essentially an aquatic wonderland! Thrill seekers will love The Flowrider, a stimulated surfing experience as well as the two hundred foot waterslides. Easy going swimmers will prefer the 300 ft. lazy river, which allows swimmers a chance to glide on inner tubes throughout the park. The Baby Octopus Slide and playground is ideal for little ones; and for older children, the tube slide and Treasure Island Water Structure provides hours of fun! The park also has an Olympic Size pool so swimmers can get in dozens of laps.

Another summer outing that residents enjoy is Cascade Camping, Moses Lake's premier outdoor camping site. The site comes with an onsite caretaker, playgrounds, free boat launch and ice and firewood that are available for purchase. The site is located on the stunning Moses Lake, and is perfect for any boater/water lover.

In the winter months, residents retreat to the warmth of the Larson Recreation Center. The Center comes with batting cages, free Foos-ball, ping-pong and air hockey. The Center is also home to an impressive ice rink that is ideal for any skater. The rink also holds an annual hockey festival, which holds a competition to find the best hockey player in the town!

Moses Lake is home to a number of mini-parks, which are perfect for a day's picnic or simply the traditional stroll around the park. Most of the parks come with picnic grounds, benches and playgrounds.

Have a blast conquering the sand dunes at the Grant County Off-Road Vehicle area. One of the largest in the region with over 3,000 acres, the dunes sit on the southern tip of Moses Lake with rolling sand dunes and great fishing and waterskiing nearby.

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