Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area


Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, located in the northeast corner of Washington State, offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities in a diverse natural setting. Contained within three distinct geological zones that were sculpted by the Ice Age floods the park contains the record of more than 9000 years of continuous human occupation. The Upper Columbia River is rich in cultural and natural significance. For more than 9000 years, people have gathered along the banks of the river to fish and trade with each other. Missionaries and explorers for the Hudson Bay Company and the Northwest Trading Company mapped the area and developed relationships with the tribes, which lived here. In 1941, damming of the Columbia River as part of the Columbia River Basin project created a 130-mile long lake. Named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the lake is now the largest recreation feature in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing and visiting historic Fort Spokane and St. Paul's Mission are highlights of visiting Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.


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Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is open 24 hours a day, year-round.



From Coulee Dam, Lake Roosevelt stretches 130 miles north to Onion Creek. Bordered by 312 miles of publicly owned shoreline there are 22 different NPS boat launches from which you can access the lake and 28 different campgrounds.

To Kettle Falls in the northern district from Spokane: 90 miles northwest on Highway 395; from Grand Forks, B.C. 49 miles southeast on Highway 395; from Rossland, B.C. 49 miles southwest on State Road 25.

To Coulee Dam in the southern district from Spokane: 90 miles west on Highway 2.

State Road 25 follows along the eastern lakeshore connecting the north district to the south via Fort Spokane and Porcupine Bay.


Spokane International Airport is the nearest commercial airport.