Up to 1.5 million people visit Lake Roosevelt every year to enjoy its wide open spaces and almost limitless recreational opportunities. The unspoiled nature of the lake, however, is no accident…
While the roots of its scenic beauty date back to the ice age floods, the formation and management of the lake is distinctly modern. With the closing of Grand Coulee Dam’s gates in 1942, the resulting reservoir (called Franklin D. Roosevelt or Lake Roosevelt for short) extends north over 150 miles and provides over 630 miles of shoreline. The shoreline within the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service. The shorelines within the Colville and Spokane reservations are managed by the respective tribes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is also a managing partner at Lake Roosevelt. The managing partners work closely with other federal, state and county agencies.
The result is a continuous commitment to enhance and preserve the environment and cultural resources while developing strong, healthy communities.