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.
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.
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?
A common rumor at Lake Roosevelt is that the National Park Service controls the lake level. This is not true. The lake level is controlled by Bureau of Reclamation computers that optimize lake levels for only five things: flood control, power production, irrigation, dam repairs, and salmon runs.