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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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  • China Bend Closure

    The China Bend Climbing Area is closed until July 15 to protect nesting raptors. 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 »

Outdoor Activities

AUTO TOURING FISHING STARGAZING
BICYCLING HIKING SWIMMING
BOATING HUNTING WILDLIFE VIEWING
CAMPING PICNICKING
CANOEING AND KAYAKING RANGER PROGRAMS
 

AUTO TOURING

  • If you enjoy backroads then you will want to explore the area around Lake Roosevelt. You can make a small loop along roads that include WA 25, a mid-lake ferry crossing, and WA 21 through the Colville Reservation. Or, try a big loop that includes Republic, an old gold-mining town, and WA 20 over Sherman Pass, the highest year-round Washington State highway pass. See the map for scenic drive ideas.

BICYCLING

  • Bicycling is allowed on paved or concrete areas except stairs, walkways, benches, railings, ramps, curbs, gazebo areas, administrative and Historic buildings, structures, compounds, and their accesses. There are other opportunities for bicycling in nearby Colville National Forest.

CANOEING AND KAYAKING

  • Before cars and trucks rumbled up and down the highways of the Pacific Northwest, people and goods were transported in canoes on the watery highway of the Columbia River and its tributaries. Today canoeing, along with kayaking, is a recreational activity at Lake Roosevelt. The park service offers free canoe trips in the summer. Check the Schedule of Events for times and locations.

PICNICKING

  • The park has designated day use areas with picnic tables, grills, and other facilities.

RANGER-LED PROGRAMS

  • There is a lot to see and learn about Lake Roosevelt. Let a ranger be your guide. More...

STARGAZING

  • Nights on the lake offer an unimpaired view of the vanishing night sky. More...

SWIMMING

  • On a hot day a quick dip can be wonderful. More...

WILDLIFE VIEWING

  • From eagles and osprey to bob cats and moose, a variety of wildlife call Lake Roosevelt their home. Bring along your binoculars and camera.

Did You Know?

These folks thought their campsite was far enough away from the water, but woke to find toys and coolers floating away.

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.