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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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  • Campground Campfire Ban Lifted

    Effective immediately, campfires are allowed in established fire rings in campgrounds and day-use areas throughout Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Lakebed fires and other forms of open flame, like tiki torches, are still prohibited. More »

Animals

Osprey

An Osprey gliding in the wind. Click the image to find out about Osprey NestWatch.

Smithsonian Institute

Ospreys are a key natural resource at Lake Roosevelt NRA. Ospreys occupy most ecosystems, are migratory, cover large home ranges, and are top predators in complex food webs. Fish constitute their primary diet, so ospreys are susceptible to second-hand environmental contaminants in the food chain. Additionally, ospreys are sensitive to human disturbance, which along with the presence of contaminants in the water, can have a negative effect on osprey reproduction. All of these factors make osprey an indicator species that can provide information on the overall condition of an ecosystem.
Data collected by UCBN survey crews and by volunteers will provide important information about the status and trends of osprey nest occupancy and reproductive success, and will help guide park management decisions.

 
Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle catching a small fish.

US Fish and Wildlife

On August 9, 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. After nearly disappearing from most of the United States decades ago, the bald eagle is now flourishing across the nation and no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Bbald eagles will continue to be protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Both federal laws prohibit “taking” – killing, selling or otherwise harming eagles, their nests or eggs.

Did You Know?

Ranger Andy guiding a walk at Fort Spokane

Summer ranger programs at Lake Roosevelt are a great way to combine your recreation experience with an understanding of the park's history and environment. Contact the park for program dates and times.