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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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  • Upcoming Prescribed Burns

    Fire crews will implement at prescribed burn at Rickey Point as early as April 16th. Burning is dependant on weather. 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 »


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

January 1 - April 30


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

May 1 - September 30


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

October 1 - December 31


$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



Minimum Boat Launch Elevations

Hawk Creek


Crescent Bay


Porcupine Bay


Marcus Island




Kettle Falls




French Rocks


Hunters Camp


North Gorge


Hansen Harbor


Keller Ferry


Napoleon Bridge


Bradbury Beach


Seven Bays


Snag Cove




Spring Canyon


China Bend


Fort Spokane


Jones Bay


Lincoln Mill



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


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 website.

Did You Know?

Colville River.

The Colville River is one of four rivers that empty into Lake Roosevelt. The others are the Spokane, Sanpoil, and Kettle.