Top Things to Do at Lake Roosevelt: Seven Bays Marina

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Top Things to Do at Lake Roosevelt: Seven Bays Marina

Lake Roosevelt, formally known as Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, runs roughly 150 miles from the Canadian border to the Grand Coulee Dam. It currently stands as the largest lake and reservoir in the state of Washington, covering roughly 80,000 acres and boasting 660 miles of stunning shoreline. Wide sanded beaches and secluded coves encompass its crystal clear waters, creating the perfect setting for your houseboating vacation.

On the southern banks of the lake and the right bend of the Columbia River, lies the Seven Bays Marina. Its advantageous location gives you a choice of three fantastic facets of the lake to enjoy. Head a mile west to reach the vast Grand Coulee Canyon, five miles north to the mouth of the Spokane River's warm still waters, or right past the Spokane confluence to enter the northern alpine section of the lake with its beautiful waterfalls.

Once you've chosen the direction of your favored destination, take out your binoculars and keep an eye on the banks for wildlife you may spot on the way. Deer, moose, big horn sheep, turkeys and wild horses have all been known to roam these parts. If you're a fan of black bears, be sure to visit during the month of September when they're said to be spotted often during their search for chokecherries. If you'd rather catch than watch, be sure to pack your fishing pole. Over 30 different species of fish can be found here, with the most popular being Walleye, smallmouth bass, and white sturgeon.

Now that you've arrived at the perfect cove, untie your rented ski boat from the back of the houseboat to begin a day full of fun on the water. Explore the surrounding inlets, head out mid lake to see how long you can last on the tube, or simply cruise about from one end to another while soaking up the sun. If you prefer a slower pace, consider bringing along a kayak or canoe in order to enjoy a more peaceful day on the lake. No matter the vessel, be sure to spend an evening visiting Halverson Canyon to view some breathtaking sunsets.

When you're ready for a break on shore, head over to Spring Canyon for a breath of fresh air. This canyon possesses some of the most accessible trails surrounding Lake Roosevelt - ranging from easy walkabouts to difficult hiking. If you're more of a history than hiking buff, stop by the Davenport Marina. Head just 9 miles north of this harbor to reach one of the cultural jewels of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Historic Fort Spokane. In 1880 this fort was established by the U.S. Army only to be closed 18 years later and used again as an Indian boarding school. Learn more about its history at the Fort Spokane Museum and Visitor Center.

After a vacation well spent achieving fun, memories, and a perfect tan, head back to the marina to unload and check out. Be sure to leave with a satisfied stomach by enjoying lunch at the Blue Coyote Grill: the marina's full service bar and waterfront restaurant. Sit back and take in a last look at the picturesque lake and prepare to reminisce about this amazing adventure for years to come.

Give us a call at 888-454-8825 or contact us online to plan your trip today!

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