Fort Spokane

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Davenport, Washington

On Hwy 25 about 22 miles north of Davenport

Located at the confluence of the Columbia River (Lake Roosevelt) and Spokane River in northeast Washington, Fort Spokane was established in 1880 to protect the construction of the Northern Pacific Railway and to keep the peace between Native Americans and incoming white settlers. The military fort was closed in 1898, and its buildings were then used as an Indian boarding school and tuberculosis hospital.

The park today includes a visitor center and museum that showcase what life was like for both soldiers and Native Americans. It's blufftop location provides nice views of Lake Roosevelt. Foundations remain for some of the original buildings of the fort and school.

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Fort Spokane (N10A0231)

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Fort Spokane Ruins (N10A0249)

More About Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is primarily noteworthy for its water-related activities, including boating, fishing and swimming as well as for camping, hunting and short hikes in the adjacent lands. Although it is more than a bit off the beaten path in northeast Washington, there is road access in many locations.

The southern half of the lake borders the Colville Indian Reservation to the northwest, and a short stretch just north of the junction with the Spokane River borders on the Spokane Indian Reservation to the east. Remember to respect tribal laws when accessing Lake Roosevelt through tribal lands.

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