May 14, 2020Campgrounds and other facilities at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area will remain closed until further notice. While three of the five counties (Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan counties) have entered Phase 2 of the Washington State Safe Restart plan, Washington State remains in phase one which does not permit non-essential overnight travel.
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is a magnet for visitors from outside the five counties that border the Lake. According to a visitor survey conducted in 2016 (https://www.nps.gov/laro/getinvolved/planning.htm), 94% of our visitors come from throughout Washington State. With an average annual visitation of 1.3 million people a year, approximately 1 million of those visitors come between April and September each year. Of those visitors, 500,000 people come from three Washington State counties: Spokane, King, and Snohomish. Opening camping encourages people from high COVID19 areas to travel to low COVID19 areas despite current Washington State guidance. We are supporting Washington State's phased opening to help protect the small communities surrounding Lake Roosevelt.
The CDC and Washington State Parks and Recreation offers guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Please help us protect the park and surrounding communities during this time by following local health orders and the Washington State Safe Start plan, practice Leave No Trace principles and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
Guidelines for Responsible Recreation in The Outdoors
Before you go
When you get there
Help Us Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species
Help us prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species by completing the 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.
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Looking for a fishing charter? Check out the latest listing for authorized fishing charters at Lake Roosevelt.
Fishing License Requirements
Washington State fishing regulations and licensing requirements apply when fishing on Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Anyone age 15 and older must have a personal use, recreational license valid for freshwater in their possession while engaged in fishing.
Anyone fishing from shore adjacent to either of the tribal reservations should contact them to determine whether a tribal license is also required.
Please do not put fish remains back into the lake. They take a long time to decompose in fresh water, resulting in littered and polluted water.
Before You Go:
Check out the updated fish consumption advisory from Washington Department of Public Health.
What to Fish For:
More than 30 species of fish inhabit this waters. Some common ones that you may encounter are:
This sport fish is an acrobatic fighter when hooked. Average weight 1-3 lbs.
Other fish found in these waters include cutthroat trout, bass, sunfish, carp, perch, pike, and bullhead.
Last updated: May 14, 2020