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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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  • Fire Restrictions Now Include All Open Flame

    Due to extreme conditions, all fires at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are prohibited effective August 1, 2014, until further notice. No open flames are permitted. This includes but is not limited to wood fires, charcoal fires, and tiki torches More »

  • Enterprise Boat-in Campground Reopened

    Effective immediately, the Enterprise Boat-in Campground is open and available for camping on a first-come, first-served basis. 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?

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.