fort Spokane

Fort Spokane on Lake Roosevelt Appeals to History Buffs and Birders

Fort Spokane Campground is a quiet 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 indigenous people. 

Visitors recommend surveying the campsite you want before reserving one to ensure you can access it with your vehicle. The campsites are large enough and provide pull through parking to accommodate a 35-foot motor home, vehicle and a boat.

There are no hook-ups on site, but there is a free dump station. That means the motor homes and campers will be running generators, which could be disruptive for tent campers. Luckily, not of the tent camping is in a separate part of the park.

If you’re looking for amenities beyond those provided by nature, this may not be the eastern Washington campground for you. 

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.

Fort Spokane Campground is part of a large recreation complex with the Fort Spokane visitor center, day use area, and boat launch within walking distance. The campground itself sprawls among towering pines, with plenty of space for RVs and walk-in sites for tent campers. Fort Spokane is a popular campground conveniently located near the visitor center and nearby gas stations and stores.

Things to Do at Fort Spokane

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.

Facilities

The campground has 67 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.

Map of Fort Spokane Campgrounds 

Natural Features

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.

Nearby Attractions

The reservation of the Spokane Tribe of Indians is near the campground at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia Rivers. There is a restaurant on the reservation.

Fort Spokane Campgrounds FAQs

What hookups are available? Toilets?

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. As of Oct. 10, the water was turned off. 

Are pets allowed at Fort Spokane?

Pets are allowed, but must be restrained at all times. No livestock is allowed.

Are off-road vehicles allowed?

No off-road vehicles permitted. No off-road parking is allowed. Vehicles must park in designated areas only.

Are fires 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.

How do I get a boat launch permit?

Weekly Boat Launch Permits must be purchased online. Fill out the form and purchase the pass prior to your trip.
 

What is the mailing address for Fort Spokane?

ATTN: Fee Program Manager
44150 District Office Lane N.
Davenport, WA 99122
44150 District Office Lane N.
Davenport, WA 99122

This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (509) 754-7889.

Directions to Fort Spokane

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.