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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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  • Fire Restrictions Established at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    In accordance with the 36 CFR §1.5(a)(1), Superintendent Dan Foster has established a restriction for campfires on the exposed lakebed. Campfires in park-provided fire grates at developed campgrounds are allowed. More »

Self-Guided Park Visits

Great blue heron at Hawk Creek cove. C. Brauner/NPS

Great Blue Heron at Hawk Creek

C. Brauner/NPS

Lake Roosevelt's stories dot its shoreline, drift on its waters, and hide beneath its surface. Self-guided field trips are an easy way to discover the historical and scientific connections between your classroom and the upper Columbia River. Click the links for more information on self-guided visits to Fort Spokane and other sites.

Self-guided tours require a reservation form to make certain that we can accomodate your class on a given day at a specific location. Please complete the reservation form and return it to our education specialist.

Did You Know?

Construction equipment for clearing the lakebed

When the Grand Coulee Dam was finished and the lake filled, 11 towns were submerged. Every structure was cleared or burned. Soon, the rising waters covered the forlorn concrete foundations with water and darkness. Some towns died, others were built above the new lake, replacing what was lost.