First Amendment Activities

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Exercising First Amendment Rights

At Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are rights protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, and in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulation 2.51 and 2.52. People may exercise these rights in national park units, but the National Park Service still retains its responsibility to protect park resources and prevent future impacts. First Amendment activities are considered a Special Use Permit (SUP), but the $45.00 application fee is waived.

For groups of 25 individuals or more, a permit is required. Permits will not be issued for more than 14 days and applicants must reapply for additional permits.

To obtain a permit, fill out 10-930 Special Use Permit, Long Form (PDF 658 KB) and submit by e-mail.

For additional information or to obtain a permit, contact the permits office by e-mail or phone at 509-754-7807.

Designated Areas in the Park

Activities must take place in one of the four designated First Amendment locations, listed below. These areas are first-come, first-served, unless permitted.


Code of Federal Regulations

Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property PART 2—RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION

Last updated: April 29, 2024

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Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
1008 Crest Drive

Coulee Dam, WA 99116


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