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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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  • 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 »

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?

Park ranger patrolling the shoreline

A common rumor at Lake Roosevelt is that the National Park Service controls the lake level. This is not true. The lake level is controlled by Bureau of Reclamation computers that optimize lake levels for only five things: flood control, power production, irrigation, dam repairs, and salmon runs.