Where can I camp?
At a private campground
Coulee Playland Resort , SR155, 509-633-2671.
King’s Court RV Park, SR174 (East), Grand Coulee, 509-633-3655, with laundry and more.
Grand Coulee RV Park, SR174 toward Bridgeport. 509-633-0750.
At a State Park
• Steamboat Rock State Park — One of the most popular attractions along Banks Lake, this park is a 900-acre camping, swimming, hiking and boating mecca. One of more than 100 state parks, Steamboat Rock is among Washington’s best. It has a sandy beach and sheltered swim area (no lifeguards), plus a modern bath house and a concession stand. The wide grassy picnic area contains playground equipment and a truly unique view of Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock.
For overnight camping, this state park offers 100 campsites with full hookups. Water, electricity, sewer, tables and stoves are on each site, and 26 standard sites with table, stove, and tent pad, plus 12 boat-in campsites located on the north end of Steamboat Rock. The restrooms have hot showers.
The park also offers 80 primitive sites at Jones Bay and Osborn Bay Campgrounds, with tables and stoves and vault toilets, but no running water.
Steamboat Rock State Park is part of the state’s reservation camping system. Reservations can be made year round by going online at www.parks.wa.gov or by calling 888-226-7688. The popular campground fills up fast and early reservations are recommended. The park is open for camping year round.
Please Note: A permit is required at all state parks for boat launching, and trailer dumping.
Permits may be obtained at the park office or from the Washington State Parks Commission in Olympia, Washington.
At one of the NPS Campgrounds
There are 35 campgrounds located along the 660 miles of shoreline around Lake Roosevelt. Five of these are maintained by the Colville Confederated Tribes, two others by the Spokane Tribes and 28 by the National Park Service.
These facilities are available for camping, picnicking, boating, swimming and fishing.
NPS camping sites along the lake vary from fee campgrounds with major facilities, picnic areas, swim beaches and interpretive programs, to primitive boat-in campgrounds.
• Spring Canyon on SR174 is the closest NPS campground; turn left approximately three miles east of the town of Grand Coulee.
There are 87 campsites including RV (dump station but no hookups), tent and group camping sites. Fee is charged. Reservations are available by going online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.
Other major NPS campgrounds are located at: Keller Ferry, Fort Spokane, Porcupine Bay and Kettle Falls.
• Keller Ferry is about 14 miles from Spring Canyon by boat, or 15 miles overland from the Highway 2 cut-off near Wilbur. This area includes a marina, store, and free ferry across the lake to the Colville reservation.
• Fort Spokane, built in 1880 and used by the US Army until 1898, it became an Indian agency, boarding school and tuberculosis hospital until the late 1920s. It’s about 50 miles up the lake from Spring Canyon at the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane Rivers. To see Fort Spokane, take SR174 to Highway 2, east, watch for road signs and turn north at Miles-Creston road, just east of Creston.
• The Fort Spokane campground is the second largest in the recreation area. Picnic area, historic trail, swim beach and boat launch are available, also.
• Kettle Falls at the north end of the lake is enjoyed for its beautiful setting and good boating. It has a houseboat rental operation.
Indian Reservation Camping
There are several campsites on the Colville Indian Reservation open to non-members.
Various permits and random camp fees (for boats along the lake) can be purchased for one day, three days, seven days and seasonal.
If a ranger sells a permit in the field, there will be an additional fee. Look for reservation camping guidelines at area camping outlets, or call 509-634-3145.