Camping at Fort Spokane Campground
Location and Access
Fort Spokane Campground is located within the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Eastern Washington state. It's at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers and can be accessed via Highway 25.
Camping Facilities and Fees
The campground usually offers well-maintained campsites suitable for both tents and RVs. Most campsites have picnic tables and fire rings/grills. There are no hookups for RVs, but a dump station is available within the park. Restroom facilities with flush toilets and sinks are present, and showers are usually available during the high season.
Fees for camping vary depending on the site and time of year, and prices are subject to change, so it is best to consult the National Park Service (NPS) or recreation area's official website before planning your trip.
Reservations and Seasonal Availability
Some campsites at Fort Spokane Campground can be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation System, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground operates seasonally, typically from late spring through early fall. Exact dates of operation can vary year by year.
Activities and Amenities
Recreational Opportunities: Visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities including boating, fishing, swimming, and bird watching. The recreation area offers boat launches, and the proximity to the rivers makes water sports particularly popular.
Hiking: There are several trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels around Fort Spokane for hikers to explore.
Historical Significance: The Fort Spokane Visitor Center and Museum provides historical context for the area, as the Fort was originally established as a military outpost in the late 19th century.
Wildlife Viewing: The surrounding area is rich in wildlife; visitors can see a variety of birds, deer, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.
Pets are generally allowed in the campground but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. They are not allowed in buildings or on certain trails, so it's important for visitors to be aware of pet restrictions and behave responsibly.
Fire and Safety Information
Fire Restrictions: Depending on current conditions, there may be fire restrictions in place. Always check for fire danger levels and abide by any restrictions during your visit.
Safety Measures: Visitors should be prepared for both water and hiking safety by wearing life jackets when on the water and by carrying enough water and having appropriate footwear while hiking.
Wildlife Safety: It's crucial to store food and scented items properly to avoid attracting wildlife to the camping area.
For questions and the most up-to-date information:
- Phone: Visitors can contact the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area directly.
- Website: Information is available on the NPS official website for Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, which includes details about Fort Spokane and other campgrounds within the park.
Note on Changes
Always verify information prior to your visit, as campground amenities, fees, and policies may change due to management decisions or weather-related issues. The National Park Service regularly updates their site, providing the most current information for visitors.