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

    Lake Roosevelt

    National Recreation Area Washington

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    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 »

Things To Do

Ranger-led canoe trip

Visitors on a ranger-led canoe program.


Many visitors don't realize there is more to Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area than just, boating, fishing, hunting and camping.

Historic Lake Roosevelt
Humans have been living in and around Lake Roosevelt for over 9,000 years. Visit Fort Spokane Visitor Center and Museum to learn about local military history and the part that Fort Spokane played in local Native American history. Travel even farther back in time to learn about Kettle Falls, Fort Colvile, and St. Paul's Mission when you visit Mission Point.

Picnic, Swim, or Walk by the Water
There are 10 designated swimbeaches maintained by the National Park Service that include picnic areas, playgrounds and much more.

Rent a Boat
Several concessioners rent house boats and other water craft on the lake.

Visit Grand Coulee Dam
The Grand Coulee Dam is located 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington on State Highway 155. The dam is almost a mile long and 550 feet high. Grand Coulee is North America's largest hydroelectric plant with a generating capacity of 6,809,000 kilowatts.

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.