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Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

In northeastern Washington, near Grand Coulee


The 1941 damming of the Columbia River, which was part of the Columbia River Basin project, created a 130-mi lake. Named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the lake is the largest recreation feature in the recreation area. Boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and hiking are all available, as are tours of Fort Spokane and the dam. Coulee Dam Recreation Area was administered under a cooperative agreement signed in 1946 with the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Interior; revised and renegotiated in 1990 by the Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Colville Confederated Tribes, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians; renamed in 1997.



Bird-watching, boating (rentals in Keller Ferr, Fort Spokane, and Kettle Falls), fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, swimming, touring Fort Spokane and Grand Coulee Dam, waterskiing. Facilities: Visitor center, bathhouse. Boat dump stations, boat ramps, picnic areas. Programs & Events: Canoeing, kayaking, and windsurfing lessons (mid-June-Labor Day). Interpretive talks, guided hikes. Tips & Hints: Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.



Camping: 27 campgrounds in the park (640 sites; $10; some flush toilets, some vault toilets).  Hotels: None in park. In Grand Coulee: Columbia River Inn (10 Lincoln St., tel. 509/633-2100 or 800/633-6421; 35 rooms; $49-$95), Coulee House (110 Roosevelt Way, tel. 509/ 633-1101 or 800/715-7767; 61 rooms; $64-$120). X Restaurants: None in park. In Coulee Dam: Melody Restaurant (512 River Dr., tel. 509/633-1151; $8-$15). In Grand Coulee: Flo's Cafe (316 Spokane Way, tel. 509/633-3216; $4-$7).  Groceries & Gear: In the park: Seven Bays Marina (tel. 509/725-1676). In Grand Coulee: Safeway (101 Grand Coulee Ave., tel. 509/633-2411).



Free. Boat launch permit ($6) required. Washington fishing and hunting permits required. No off-road vehicle use. Recreation area open daily. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 10-5; Labor Day-Memorial Day, intermittently.



From 1-90, the recreation area headquarters in Coulee Dam can be reached via Exit 179, then north on Rte. 17 east, and Rte. 155 north to Coulee Dam. From Spokane, take U.S. 2 west to Rte. 174 to Coulee Dam. Closest airport: Spokane (80 mi).



Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (1008 Crest Dr., Coulee Dam, WA 99116, tel. 509/633-9441). Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce (Box 760, 306 Midway, Grand Coulee, 99133-0760, tel. 800/268-5332 or 509/633-3074).