Camping | Activities
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. The man-made recreation area provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking and tours of Fort Spokane and the Dam.
Park Hours/Seasons: Always open. The recreation season is May through October.
Office Operating Hours: Open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST. Closed on all Federal holidays. Seasonal Visitor Contact Stations are located at Kettle Falls, Fort Spokane and Spring Canyon.
Boat Launch - The Boat Launch fee is $40 for the season, or $6 for seven consecutive days.
Camping - Camping fees are charged year-round at all developed campgrounds accessible by car. Families may have no more than 2 vehicles and 10 people at each campsite. The camping fee is $10.00 per night per campsite, May 1-October 1. The camping fee drops to $5.00 per night November 1- April 30.
Fort Spokane Campground
Kettle Falls Campground
When Coulee Dam was completed in 1941, the Kettle Falls, once one of the most important fisheries on the Columbia, were lost forever. The first known white man to venture to the falls was David Thompson, in 1811. He was employed as a geographer and explorer for the North West Company, one of Hudson Bay Company’s most fierce competitors. He wrote in his journal ". . . a considerable Village of Natives who have given their name to these falls. This Village is built of long sheds of about 20’ in breadth by 30’ to 60’ in length, they were built of boards which somehow they had contrived to split from large Cedars drifted down the River . . . ."
For the adventurous, the trail climbs approximately 300 feet to the top of the bluff, giving you a spectacular view of the fort grounds and the confluence of the rivers. This magnificent view echoes a geologic past of 13,000 years ago when huge Ice Age Floods carved this amazing landscape.
For Additional Information Contact:
Roosevelt National Recreation Area
For more information visit the National Park Service website