• 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 »

Laws & Policies

As of February 22, 2010, possession of a firearm inside the recreation area is also subject to state law. Contact a park ranger for further information, or visit the Washington State Legislature webpage covering Chapter 9.41 RCW, Firearms and Dangerous Weapons. Target shooting is strictly prohibited! The possession and use of any other device capable of firing/launching a projectile (e.g. paintball guns, water balloon and potato launchers, cannons, catapults and slingshots), is prohibited.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit the Washington State Office of the Attorney General website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Federal Laws
Laws are created by Congress and establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks.

  • Many laws, including the 1916 Organic Act that created the National Park Service, affect all areas managed by the National Park Service.

NPS Policies

Service-wide policy for the National Park Service is developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks. Check out the National Park Service Office of Policy website for more information.

Park Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR parts 1-199 and the Park Compendium (PDF - 997kb) provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These most specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.

 

36CFR, PART 7.55--Special Regulations - Areas of the National Park Service

The following links are from 36CFR, PART 2--RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION and are some of the more frequently sited regulations.

These links are to web pages sponsored by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration on the United States Government Printing Office web site.

Did You Know?

fire fighter looking at a stand of ponderosas that have become a wildfire danger

Fire is a natural part of Lake Roosevelt's dry forest and desert environment. Park fire fighters, to protect nearby landowners, manage the forest by extinguishing any wildfire, as well as thin, pile up, and burn excess vegetation in winter. Prescribed fires may be lit to burn what is left.