Boating

May 13, 2021

Spend a night under the stars at Lake Roosevelt. Group and developed campgrounds are reservation only. Primitive boat-in campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Amenities and fees vary throughout the year, so please check our Fees page for the latest updates before the traveling to the area. Park operations continue to adapt to changing conditions while maintaining public access, particularly outdoor spaces. Additional facilities will reopen as we have the capacity to properly care for them under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Park Service (NPS) public health guidelines.

The National Park Service continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington State and local officials to recreate responsibly at Lake Roosevelt.

 
Invasive aquatic mussel with a 'no' bar across it.

Help Us Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species

Help us prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species by completing the mandatory mussel-free self-certification form on our Aquatic Invasive Species page before you launch. If your boat has been in waters with confirmed or suspected AIS (such as Lake Mead, Mohave, or Powell) within the last 30 days please call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife AIS Hotline at 1-888-WDFD-AIS
 
Poster providing instruction to boaters when firefighting aircraft are using the lake to pick up water.

Be Safe on the Lake!

  1. Learn to Swim
  2. Wear a Life Jacket
  3. Learn to Float
  4. Reach, Throw, Row…Don't Go
  5. Look Before You Leap
  6. Don't Overload Your Boat
  7. Stay with Your Boat
  8. Learn the Boating Rules of the Road
  9. Alcohol, Drugs, and Boating Don't Mix
  10. Keep our Waterways Clean. Don't Pollute.

Rules courtesy of California Department of Boating and Waterways.

 

 

Enjoy the Lake

Our 22 public boat launches offer a wide variety of opportunities for every type of watercraft from canoes to motorboats. Please remember that Lake Roosevelt is a manmade reservoir. Seasonal fluctuations regularly affect lake levels and access to boat launch facilities. Check the current lake levels or call the Bureau of Reclamation at (800) 824-4916 before you visit. Minimum boat launch elevations at Lake Roosevelt are listed below. Make sure you know where you are at all times.

Here are two free navigational charts from NOAA that are downloadable for phone, tablet, or computer. These are hosted on the NOAA website, so clicking will take you away from this site.

Southern Portion of Lake Roosevelt - click to open
Northern Portion of Lake Roosevelt - click to open

or to search for other navigational charts on NOAA.gov go here.

 
Motor boat on the lake with sailboat in the background.
Boating on Lake Roosevelt NRA.

NPS/L. Snook

Boat Launch Fees

Boat Launch permits are required year-round at all Lake Roosevelt's National Park Service boat launches, regardless of boat type.

Weekly Boat Launch Permit

  • $8.00 for 7 consecutive days from date of purchase
  • $4.00 with eligible America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass or Golden Age or Golden Acees Pass holder. Only good for one boat.
  • Purchase your Weekly Boat Launch Permit online.
  • Customer service: 800-624-1373 Monday-Friday

Annual Launch Permit

  • $45.00
  • Good from purchase date until December 31st of the year printed on the permit.
  • Can be purchased in person at one of the locations listed on our Fees & Passes page.
  • Purchase your Annual Boat Launch Permit online. Please allow at least seven business days to receive your permit(s). The permit(s) will be mailed to you. Customer service: 800-624-1373, Monday-Friday

When accessing the lake from lands adjacent to or on the reservation shoreline, please contact the tribes to determine where access is allowed and what additional fees are required.

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation can be reached at (509) 634-2110.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians can be reached at (509) 625-3511.
 
A child on a tube towed behind a boat.

USCG

UNDERSTAND PROPELLER DANGER!

  • A typical 3-blade propeller running at 3200-rpm can inflict 160 impacts in 1 second.
  • An average recreational propeller an travel head-to-toe on a person in 1/10th of a second.
What can you do to stay safe?
  1. TEACH your passengers about prop safety.
  2. Never allow passengers to enter/exit the REAR of the boat.
  3. Keep the engine cut-off switch lanyard attached to your PFD.
  4. NEVER start your engine without account for all passengers.
  5. Consider getting prop safety equipment for your BOAT.
 

Minimum Boat Launch Lake Elevations

Remember, this is a reservoir so lake levels can fluctuate within a matter of hours. Check the current lake levels or call the Bureau of Reclamation at (800) 824-4916.

Hawk Creek

1281'

Crescent Bay

1265'

Porcupine Bay

1243'

Marcus Island

1281'

Daisy

1265'

Kettle Falls

1234'

Evans

1280'

French Rocks

1265'

Hunters Camp

1232'

North Gorge

1280'

Hansen Harbor

1253'

Keller Ferry

1229'

Napoleon Bridge

1280'

Bradbury Beach

1251'

Seven Bays

1227'

Snag Cove

1277'

Gifford

1249'

Spring Canyon

1222'

China Bend

1277'

Fort Spokane

1247'

Jones Bay

1268'

Lincoln Mill

1245'

 

Boating Regulations

Boaters at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area must follow the Code of Federal Regulations, Washington State boating regulations and regulations in the Park Compendium.

Download the appropriate checklist(s) to see what you need to boat safely on Lake Roosevelt.

Human Powered

  • (Canoes, Kayaks, etc.)

Class 1 Motorized Watercraft

  • (16 feet to 26 feet in length)

Personal Watercraft

  • (PWC)

Class 2 Motorized Watercraft

  • (26 feet to 40 feet in length)

Class A Motorized Watercraft

  • (less than 16 feet in length)

Class 3 Motorized Watercraft

  • (40 feet to less than 65 feet in length)
 

Other Information

Still have questions about boating at Lake Roosevelt? Try one of these links.

Last updated: August 27, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
1008 Crest Drive

Coulee Dam, WA 99116

Phone:

509-754-7800
Please leave a detailed message if no one answers your call. Our rangers are often out talking to visitors.

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