The regulations for hunting within Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are designed to provide a meaningful and safe experience for hunters. Lake Roosevelt NRA is one of a few National Park Service units to allow hunting. Hunting within the boundaries of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is a recognized recreational activity under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 7.55(a) at times and locations designated as open for hunting.
Rules and Regulations
Hunters are asked to be familiar with both the Washington State and federal rules and regulations concerning hunting in Washington and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Note that many park visitors are unaware that hunting activities occur within the recreation area.
· Hunting is prohibited within 1/2 mile of all developed areas including, but not limited to, campgrounds, visitor centers, day-use areas, and boat launches. Old Kettle Falls developed area is the exception. Waterfowl hunting is allowed during specific times and seasons.
· Possession of firearms is allowed at Lake Roosevelt and must be in accordance with Washington State law.
· Viewing and hunting of wildlife with artificial light is prohibited, except when allowed by Washington State law.
· Permanent tree stands and "screw-in" tree stand steps are prohibited.
· All vehicles must remain on designated roadways and the use of all Off-road vehicles (ORV's) is prohibited throughout the Recreation Area.
· All trash and other man-made materials must be packed out and deposited in trash receptacles.
· Target shooting or the sighting in of weapons, including bow and arrow, is prohibited.
· Trapping is prohibitedin the Recreation Area.
· 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.
Did You Know?
Lake Roosevelt is the primary flood control reservoir on the Columbia River. The lake level can rise up to 4 feet per day in spring and drop 1 foot per day in summer. When shoreline camping, find out what the lake level is and don't put a tent close to the water unless you want a chilly surprise.