• 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 Now Include All Open Flame

    Due to extreme conditions, all fires at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are prohibited effective August 1, 2014, until further notice. No open flames are permitted. This includes but is not limited to wood fires, charcoal fires, and tiki torches More »

  • Enterprise Boat-in Campground Reopened

    Effective immediately, the Enterprise Boat-in Campground is open and available for camping on a first-come, first-served basis. More »

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Portriat of Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph

The Columbia River has a rich Native American history which dates back over 9,000 years. The many tribes of Indians who have lived along this river have seen drastic changes throughout those years, but most would say that the largest catalyst for change was the arrival of European settlers.

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Pencil Drawing of explorer David Thompson.

Explorer David Thompson

David Thompson passed through the region, now part of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, almost 190 years ago. Originally from London, England, he came across the Atlantic at the young age of 14 to work for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1784.

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Asian Pacific Pioneers Along the Columbia River

Dramatic cultural variations in way of life, language, religion, customs and world view were an important part of life in many eastern Washington communities along the Columbia River. As the pioneers persisted and struggled to build new lives for themselves, part of the struggle often involved discrimination, oppression and exclusion directed at people who were racially different.

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Did You Know?

Wild hyacinth is also known as the douglas brodaia

The pretty violet flowers of this wild hyacinth grows at Lake Roosevelt. An important food source, its small but sweet onion bulb is still popular. Covered by a fibrous netting called a corm net, excavated and carbon dated corm nets established that people lived at Kettle Falls 9,500 years ago.