Walking Trails

December 23, 2020

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is a magnet for visitors from outside the five counties (Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan, and Grant) that border the Lake. According to a visitor survey conducted in 2016, 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 National Park Service (NPS) 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) and Washington State and local officials to stay safe. Park operations continue to adapt to changing conditions while maintaining public access, particularly outdoor spaces.

 

Did you know:

  • The oldest standing church on the Upper Columbia is right here in the park at Kettle Falls?
  • That you can still see where the old town of Kettle Falls once stood?
  • You can walk in the footsteps of the first tribes that hunted and fished along the Columbia River?
  • You can discover the pathways made by the soldiers that once made Fort Spokane their home?
  • That at Spring Canyon you can stand near where a half-mile thick ice sheet blocked the river, creating a lake whose surface would have been 400 feet above your head?
Four self-guided walking trails in the park will take you back in time so you can explore the history and geology of Lake Roosevelt or simply enjoy the beauty of it’s diverse scenery and terrain.


 
Black and white photo of St. Paul' Mission ca. 1888. People standing to the side. Horse and buggy in front.
St. Paul's Mission ca. 1888

NPS Photo

Mission Point Trail: Only one-mile from the Kettle Falls Campground, at St. Paul’s Mission, a 1/4 mile trail combines history and nature. There are signs along the trail explaining the history of the falls, the mission, and the Hudson’s Bay Company’s influence on the area.The view of the river is rivaled only by the abundance of plants you will find along the trail.

 



Old Kettle Town-site Trail: Starting in the Kettle Falls Campground, this one-mile trail winds through the original town-site of Kettle Falls. You will see house foundations, sidewalks and fruit trees-landmarks of the past. The trail leads to the swim beach and playground, and boasts great blue herons, osprey, and bald eagles.




 
Long red barn with several windows. Black roof and two chimneys. Ponderosa pine covered hillside behind the building.
Quartermaster's Barn

NPS/Jeff Axel

The Sentinel Trail: Located at Fort Spokane. Signs along this trail give clues to how people lived here for almost 50 years. Echoes of the past can be heard along the two-mile trail. For the adventurous, the trail climbs approximately 300 feet to the top of the bluff, providing you a spectacular view of the fort grounds and the confluence of the rivers. A free trail guide about the Indian boarding school is available at the Guard House.


 

Bunchgrass Prairie Nature Trail: The start of this ¼-mile trail is in the Spring Canyon Campground. Discover wild roses, rock-eating lichens, and look closely at the different critters that call the grasslands home. A free trail guide is available at the beginning of the trail for you to use.

Last updated: January 25, 2021

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