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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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Boating

Motor boat on the lake with sailboat in the background.

Boating on Lake Roosevelt NRA.

NPS/L. Snook

Our 22 public boat launches offer a wide variety of opportunities for every type of watercraft from canoes to motorboats. Please remember that Lake Roosevelt is a manmade reservoir. Seasonal fluctuations regularly affect lake levels and access to boat launch facilities. Check on current lake elevation or call the Bureau of Reclamation at (800) 824-4916 before you visit. Minimum boat launch elevations at Lake Roosevelt are listed below. Make sure you know where you are at all times. Update your gps with appropriate maps, purchase navigational charts from one of our Park bookstores, or call (509) 738-2300 to order by phone.

Boat Launch Fees

Boat Launch permits are required year-round at all Lake Roosevelt's National Park Service boat launches, regardless of boat type.

Daily Pass

  • $6.00 for 7 consecutive days
  • $3.00 with eligible America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass or Golden Age or Golden Acees Pass holder. Only good for one boat.
  • Available at each boat launch
  • Payment: Cash or check

Annual Launch Permit

  • Good from purchase date until December 31st of the same year.
  • Payment by cash or check.
  • See our Fees and Regulations page for information on where you can purchase your Annual Boat Launch permit.
  • You can also purchase our Annual Boat Launch Permits online. Please allow at least seven business days to receive your permit(s). The permit(s) will be mailed to you.

January 1 - April 30

$30.00

$15.00 with eligible America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass or Golden Age or Golden Access Pass.

May 1 - September 30

$40.00

$20.00 with eligible America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass or Golden Age or Golden Access Pass.

October 1 - December 31

$20.00

$10.00 with eligible America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass or Golden Age or Golden Access Pass.


Other Information

Still have questions about boating at Lake Roosevelt? Try one of these links.

Boating Regulations

Water Safety

Canoeing and Kayaking

Houseboat Rentals

Shoreline Camping

Maps

 

Minimum Boat Launch Elevations

Hawk Creek

1281'

Crescent Bay

1265'

Porcupine Bay

1243'

Marcus Island

1281'

Daisy

1265'

Kettle Falls

1234'

Evans

1280'

French Rocks

1265'

Hunters Camp

1230'

North Gorge

1280'

Hansen Harbor

1253'

Keller Ferry

1229'

Napoleon Bridge

1280'

Bradbury Beach

1251'

Seven Bays

1227'

Snag Cove

1277'

Gifford

1249'

Spring Canyon

1222'

China Bend

1277'

Fort Spokane

1247'

Jones Bay

1266'

Lincoln Mill

1245'

 

Boating Regulations

Boaters at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area must follow the Code of Federal Regulations, Washington State boating regulations and regulations in the Superintendent's Compendium.

Download the appropriate checklist(s) to see what you need to boat safely on Lake Roosevelt.

Human Powered

(Canoes, Kayaks, etc.)

Class 1 Motorized Watercraft

(16 feet to 26 feet in length)

Personal Watercraft

(PWC)

Class 2 Motorized Watercraft

(26 feet to 40 feet in length)

Class A Motorized Watercraft

(less than 16 feet in length)

Class 3 Motorized Watercraft

(40 feet to less than 65 feet in length)

 

Staying Safe in and Around Water!

Your safety is important to us. Please help us by learning how to be safe in and around water. Knowing how to swim is just the beginning.

4 Main Causes of Drowning

  • Not wearing a lifejacket
  • Using alcohol and/or drugs
  • Poor/no swimming ability
  • Hypothermia

10 Rules to LIVE by…

  1. Learn to Swim
  2. Wear a Life Jacket
  3. Learn to Float
  4. Reach, Throw, Row…Don't Go
  5. Look Before You Leap
  6. Don't Overload Your Boat
  7. Stay with Your Boat
  8. Learn the Boating Rules of the Road
  9. Alcohol, Drugs, and Boating Don't Mix
  10. Keep our Waterways Clean. Don't Pollute.

Rules courtesy of California Department of Boating and Waterways.

For more information on Drowning Prevention, check out the Inland Northwest Drowning Prevention Coalition.

Did You Know?

White Sturgeon of the Columbia River

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.