China Bend Closure
The China Bend Climbing Area is closed until July 15 to protect nesting raptors. 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 »
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News: Historic Apple Tree Dies at Fort Spokane
June, 2008: One of the Fort's few remaining historic apple trees has died. Planted over 100 years ago by Indian children attending the Fort Spokane boarding school, only a couple of apple trees remain today. The variety of apple is known as the Transparent or Golden Transparent, a once-popular variety that is no longer cultivated. It is not known what killed the tree but the winter of 2008 was one of the coldest in living memory. This was the second apple tree to die in recent years, as another tree had died in 2005.
If you would like to see this historic variety of apple before they are gone, there are a few left by the visitor center parking lot, and one large specimen by the reservoir. Other remnant species found at the Fort include asparagus, plum, and raspberry.
Did You Know?
Lake Roosevelt's sturgeon are 8 to 20 feet long. They are also at least 70 years old. In 1941, Grand Coulee Dam flooded the fast-moving waters they need to spawn. To help out the population, the state of Washington introduced new fish to the lake in 2006.