Fort Spokane Campground is a great destination for history buffs, birders and boaters, and the perfect location for travelers who like a combination of history and recreation. The facility lies on the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt next to the grounds of a former military fort constructed to keep peace between early settlers and American Indians.
Visitors can spend a few hours learning about the fort and Indian boarding school, by taking a stroll to the museum across the street. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, birding or taking in the scenery around the lake at this year-round campground.
Lake Roosevelt is a 130-mile lake of the Columbia River created by the Grand Coulee Dam. Named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, it is part of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and managed by the National Park Service.
The campground has 68 individual sites. It is open year-round, however drinking water is shut off in winter. A convenience store and gas station are nearby for campers to replenish basic goods.
This campground is by reservation only. No first come sites available.
Camping in this campground remains reservation only through Recreation.gov and no first come, first served. Make sure to get a blank reservation receipt from the information kiosk as you enter the campground to fill out and hang on your post.
Restroom facilities may be limited to vault toilets for a while. These toilets may not be cleaned and restocked on a regular basis, so please plan accordingly, especially with hand sanitizer.
Total Fire Restrictions in Effect at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Coulee Dam, WA — Due to extreme conditions, all fires at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are prohibited effective 12:01 am, Friday, June 25, 2021 until further notice. No open flames are permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, all fires in NPS provided fire rings and boxes, shoreline fires, charcoal fires, tiki torches, incense burners, candles, and propane campfires.
Self-contained propane or gas stoves and lanterns are still allowed during the full fire ban. For the most current information regarding the fire ban in the Recreation Area, please call 509-754-7893.
Also, as a reminder, fireworks are always prohibited at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
Be aware that due to nearby fires there are smoky conditions. Please plan accordingly.
There are no electricity, water or sewer site hookups.
Flush toilets are available and water faucets turned on mid April to September 30, weather permitting.
Pets are allowed, but must be restrained at all times.
No off-road vehicles permitted.
No off-road parking; park in designated areas only.
No metal detectors or collecting artifacts allowed.
Fires are permitted in the fire rings year-round, EXCEPT when the fire danger rating reaches a critical level as indicated by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for the area that includes Lake Roosevelt NRA.
Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.
Weekly Boat Launch Permits must be purchased on line. Please purchase prior to your trip.
For additional park information including other camping regulations, visit https://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm or call 509-754-7889.
For reservations book here, or call 877-444-6777.
Fort Spokane lies on the water amidst Ponderosa pines and shrubs. It is near the confluence of the Spokane River and the Columbia River (Lake Roosevelt). The lake has comfortable temperatures during summer, even though much of the water originates from glaciers and snow in the cold, high Canadian Rockies. The lake area is abundant with wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, birds and fish.
Just across the road from the campground is the Ft. Spokane Visitor Center. Inside the old gaurd house you will find a small museum. There are also trails that include a self guided tour of the grounds.
Fort Spokane boasts some of the best bird habitats in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The prime viewing spot is Hawk Creek, only a few miles away. Birders often see Peregrine falcons, Blue herons, finches, Bald eagles, osprey and even the occasional Golden eagle.
The former guard house of the fort is still standing and has been converted to a visitor center and museum directly across the street from the campground. The center is open from June through Labor Day, teaching visitors about the military history and Indian boarding school through interpretive programs and exhibits. An interpretive trail around the grounds is open year round, for a more self-guided tour.
The lake is abundant with walleye, bass, rainbow trout and salmon, making it a popular place for fishing throughout the year; the shoreline along Fort Spokane does not typically freeze in winter and the campground's boat-launch is open all year.
All changes and cancellations must be made through recreation.gov
Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window
Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area ATTN: Fee Program Manager 44150 District Office Lane N. Davenport WA 99122
44150 District Office Lane N. Davenport WA 99122
For campground inquiries, please call: 509-754-7889
Take State Highway 2 west of Spokane for 32 miles. Turn north on State Highway 25 at the town of Davenport and travel 24 miles. Follow the signs to the campground.