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Lake Roosevelt boat launches gated during government shutdown

Beach camping is popular during summer in Lake Roosevelt National Monument. House boats have built-in toilets, while tent campers are supposed to bring portable toilets and pack out their human waste.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Beach camping is popular during summer in Lake Roosevelt National Monument. House boats have built-in toilets, while tent campers are supposed to bring portable toilets and pack out their human waste. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED 1:05 p.m.

BOATING -- The hot fishing for rainbow trout that's been reported in recent weeks at Lake Roosevelt might cool off for lack of anglers.

The federal officials have announced that all  National Park Service facilities on the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are being closed during the federal government shutdown

This includes campgrounds, marinas, boat launches and concessions operations, the supervisor's office said today.

  • Even the national park web pages are down!

Park Service officials just confirmed that they will be putting up barricades at the entrances of campgrounds and boat launches.

There are no state-managed access sites on the 125-mile long reservoir.

Read on for more details in a press release issued by the Lake Roosevelt NRA at 1 p.m. today:

Government Shutdown Forces Closure

of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Coulee Dam, WA – Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. All visitor facilities including Fort Spokane Visitor Center, Kettle Falls Information Center, campgrounds and roads – except for Highway 25, a thru way – are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens.

Park Superintendent Dan Foster said that “park visitors in all overnight campgrounds will be given until 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, October 3 to make other arrangements and leave the park.”  In addition, all park programs and special events scheduled to take place while the government is in shutdown will be canceled.  This may include such activities as the CanAm Track Invitational at Kettle Falls on October 5th and the cross country meet at Kettle Falls on October 9th.

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area hosts 6,000 visitors on average each day in October; nationally, more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System. The park will lose an estimated $512 of boat launch and campground fees each day of the shutdown. Nationwide the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping. Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown.   

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area has a significant effect on the local economy. Together, the economic impacts from visitor spending, federal jobs created, and jobs created in the local market supporting local tourism are estimated to be over $40 million a year generated in the communities around Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

At Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, 44 employees are on furlough because of the shutdown and another 20 concessions employees are similarly affected.  14 employees remain on duty, providing security and emergency services. 

Nationwide the shutdown has also furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees; approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety, and security functions at parks and facilities. About 12,000 park concessions employees are also affected. 

Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. NPS.gov has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown




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