• The calm, inviting waters of the Spokane Arm. Photo Credit: NPS\LARO\John Salisbury

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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  • Upcoming Prescribed Burns

    Fire crews will implement at prescribed burn at Rickey Point as early as April 16th. Burning is dependant on weather. More »

  • 2014 Youth Conservation Corps

    Lake Roosevelt NRA is now accepting applications for our 2014 Youth Conservation Corps positions. More »

  • 2014 Spring Prescribed Fire Burning Notice

    Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area may implement up to 3 of the following prescribed fires during the spring of 2014. More »

  • Keller Ferry Campground Under New Management

    Keller Ferry Campground is now managed by Dakota Columbia. Reservations can now be made on-line through Sunrise Reservations. More »

Frequently Asked Questions

What dates specify the park seasons?

The summer season is May 1-September 30. The winter season is October 1-December 31. The spring season is January 1-April 30.

Can I reserve a camp site?

You can reserve camp sites at four campgrounds within the Recreation Area. See our Fees and Reservation page for more information

How much does a launch permit cost?

Seasonal launch permits cost $40 in the summer, $30 in the spring, $20 in the winter and are good for all of our launches on Lake Roosevelt. If you have a Golden Age Passport (62 years and older), Golden Access Passport, or Interagency Senior Pass the cost is $20 for summer, $15 dollars for spring and $10 for winter. 7 day permits may also be purchased at launch sites for $6 or $3 with pass.

How do I go about getting a launch permit?

Permits can be purchased at any of our district offices or by mail with check or money order. If done by mail, please include the pass number (if using) and a self addressed stamped return envelope so that we can send the permit to you.

Where do I send my payment for a launch permit?

Kettle Falls Information Center
c/o Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
1368 Kettle Park Road
Kettle Falls, WA 99141

Please allow for two weeks turn around to receive your permit in the mail.

How many permits can I purchase with my Golden Age, Access, etc. Pass?

Only one permit may be purchased at the 1/2 price rate. Additional permits may be purchased at the full rate.

Where do I display my launch permit?

The permit needs to be on the driver's side windshield of the vehicle that is towing the boat. Permits can be moved to other vehicles.

How do I get a Senior or Access pass?

They may be purchased, in person, at any of our district offices. They can also be purchased from BLM, Forest Service, or U.S. Fish and Wildlife (not state). Permits are available in Spokane at the BLM office at 1103 North Fancher Rd (behind Home Depot on Sprague). Their phone number is (509) 536-1200.

Are campgrounds open year round?

Yes, the campgrounds are open year round. However, comfort stations are closed and water systems are turned off in the winter. Vault toilets are still open.

How much is the fee to camp?

Winter rates for camping are $5 per site, $2.50 with a pass. Summer is $10.00 or $5.00 with a pass.

How do I make a reservation for camping?

Reservations are made by going online to recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. No reservations are made through our offices.

Which campgrounds take reservations?

Kettle Falls, Fort Spokane, Keller Ferry and Spring Canyon have sites that can be reserved. These campgrounds also have sites that are available on a first come first serve basis. All other sites in the recreation area are first come, first serve.

Where can I find information on amenities and campsites?

For amenities and campground site layouts go to the Fees and Reservations site by clicking here and then follow the link for each campground you would like to view.

Do I need to bring a port-a-potty?

Port-A-Potties are not required for camping in campgrounds which have vault toilets. However, any boat camping done on Lake Roosevelt does require a port-a-potty to be present and used at all times according to Federal law.

Did You Know?

These folks thought their campsite was far enough away from the water, but woke to find toys and coolers floating away.

Lake Roosevelt is the primary flood control reservoir on the Columbia River. The lake level can rise up to 4 feet per day in spring and drop 1 foot per day in summer. When shoreline camping, find out what the lake level is and don't put a tent close to the water unless you want a chilly surprise.