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 »
Fishing License Requirements
Washington State fishing regulations and licensing requirements apply when fishing on Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Anyone age 15 and older must have a personal use, recreational license valid for freshwater in their possession while engaged in fishing.
Anyone fishing from shore adjacent to either of the tribal reservations should contact them to determine whether a tribal license is also required.
Please do not put fish remains back into the lake. They take a long time to decompose in fresh water, resulting in littered and polluted water.
Before You Go:
Check out the updated fish consumption advisory from Washington Department of Public Health.
What to Fish For:
More than 30 species of fish inhabit this waters. Some common ones that you may encounter are:
In past years more than 90 perscent of all fish causth have been walleye, one of Lake Roosevelt's prized game fish. If you catch one, you can be sure others are around, because walleye travel in schools. Average weight 1-4 lbs.
Other fish found in these waters include cutthroat traout, bass, sunfish, carp, perch, pike, and bullhead.
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.