Camping Regulations

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There are additional regulations for Boat Camping.

Where can I camp at Lake Roosevelt NRA?

  • There are 17 developed campgrounds maintained by the National Park Service.

  • Individual campsites are limited to no more than two vehicles (for example a truck and a boat trailer or an RV and a car, or two cars) and no more than ten people at each campsite.

  • Vehicles must fit within the site pads provided.

  • The launch ramp fee is separate from the camping fee. See our Fees and Passes page.

Will my RV fit? Can I run my generator?

  • Campgrounds accommodate most RV’s.

  • The National Park Serve campgrounds do not provide hookups for recreational vehicles.

  • Generators may only be used from 6 am to 10 pm.

  • The wheels of all vehicles and trailers must be within the paved designated parking space and not on the roadway or vegetation.

  • Do not attach wires, ropes, or nails to trees or shrubs.

  • Connecting to a campground electrical outlet or water system is not permitted.

  • Digging, leveling, or other alterations of the ground is not permitted.

  • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.

How long can I stay? Can I have visitors?

  • Check-out time is noon.

  • Camping is limited to 14 consecutive nights per campground within a 30 day period and not more than 60 total nights per calendar year anywhere within LRNRA. These limits apply to all camping activities within LRNRA.

  • Campgrounds are closed from 10 pm to 6 am, except for registered campers.

Can I ride my motorized scooter?

  • Motorized vehicles, including but not limited to motorized foot scooters, motorized skateboards, mopeds, motorcycles, ATV’s, motor assisted bicycles, golf carts, and other similar devices that are not licensed by the Washington State Department of Licensing for use on Washington State highways, are prohibited from being operated within the recreation area. Exemptions are electric wheelchairs and other motor-assisted limited mobility devices.

Can I reserve a campsite?

  • Individual campsites may be reserved from May 1 – September 30 at the following campgrounds: Kettle Falls, Fort Spokane, Keller Ferry, and Spring Canyon. All other individual campsites are first come, first serve. See our Reservations page.

  • If a campsite has not been reserved via the reservation system it is on a first come, first serve basis as are all other campsites in the park.

  • “Holding” a campsite for another party is prohibited. Sites must be paid for and OCCUPIED within 1 hour of arriving. Overnight occupancy of the campsite is required each and every night.

Can I have a fire?

  • Campfires in developed areas are allowed only in Park Service approved fire rings and grills.

  • Shoreline fires are permitted below the full pool line year round when the fire danger rating for the park is at or below Level 2. (Contact the park for current fire danger)

  • High fire danger closure will be in effect whenever the Washington State Department of Natural Resources issues a fire closure for areas that include Lake Roosevelt.

  • Fire size must be less than three feet in diameter and at least ten feet from beach logs, structures, or vegetation. Chemically treated wood, painted wood, and wood with nails or staples is not allowed.

  • No pit fires. Do not burn debris, including plastics and cans.

  • Fires must be attended at all times and completely extinguished with water, not covered with sand.

  • Rock rings must be deconstructed and scattered before you leave your shoreline fire.

Can I cut that tree for firewood?

  • No, but dead and down wood may be collected for campfires in the park.

  • Chainsaws cannot be used to cut wood in the recreation area.

Can I bring my pet?

  • Pets must be kept on a leash six feet or less in length and may not be left unattended.
  • Pets are prohibited in all developed swim beach areas.
  • Barking dogs are considered a nuisance. Owners must remove them from the campground.
  • Pet owners must dispose of pet feces in a trash bin.

Important Links

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Boat Camping Regulations

More specific regulations for boat campers.

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Laws & Policies

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Fees & Passes

Learn more about required permits and park passes.

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Learn more about reserving campsites.

Last updated: September 28, 2018

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Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
1008 Crest Drive

Coulee Dam, WA 99116



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