Description - The mighty Columbia River has drawn people to its waters for over 9,000 years. Historically the rich fishery of the river was used for survival and prosperity. Today Lake Roosevelt’s visitors continue to enjoy the river’s recreational offerings of fishing, camping, hunting and boating.
- Formed by Grand Coulee Dam, Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake contains over 60,000 water-surface acres and 500 miles of shoreline. Available species in the lake include walleye, rainbow trout, kokanee, yellow perch, lake whitefish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, and white sturgeon.
Recreation - Numerous species of fish are available in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake for plenty of fishing opportunities. Other Activities are boating, camping, hiking, hunting, picnicking, water sports and use of recreational vehicles. Interpretive programs and viewing of historic and cultural sites area available.
Climate - The climate of Washington varies within each region. The Cascades split the state and alter the weather patterns. The mountains receive large amounts of wet, heavy snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year. The terrain east of the mountains receives approximately 12 inches of rainfall per year, generally much less than west of the mountains. Since the area east of the mountains is landlocked, temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.
Due to the coastal geography, western Washington is primarily temperate. The proximity to the ocean stabilizes the climate, making extreme temperatures very rare. The area receives large amounts of precipitation from Pacific rain and snow storms.
To reach Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, visitors can access the lake from several points along State Routes 25 and 21 and other minor roads.