Visitor Use Site Management Planning
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (LARO) is the largest reservoir in the Pacific Northwest, stretching over 130 miles from Grand Coulee Dam to Onion Creek, 16 miles south of the US-Canada border. The National Park Service (NPS) manages more than 300 miles of publicly accessible shoreline that provides a wide range of recreational opportunities. The national recreation area's waters, shorelines, and upland areas provide visitors opportunities ranging from solitude to group activities encompassing a wide range of recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, and other activities.
The NPS is considering potential management strategies and supporting improvements for enhancing visitor experience at nine priority sites:
• Marcus Island
• Kettle Falls
• Fort Spokane
• Porcupine Bay
• Keller Ferry
• Spring Canyon
Management strategies and supporting improvements are needed at these nine heavily used sites to address a wider range of visitor interests and needs. Because recreation uses are changing and visitors are using a variety of camping vehicles, many of them larger than in past decades, there is a need to improve and update campgrounds. The NPS is considering diversifying and enhancing overnight camping experiences and recreation opportunities, as well as improving visitor safety through circulation and access improvements at the nine locations. By directing and concentrating visitor use in appropriate areas, it is expected there would be less congestion and conflicts in use, resulting in an enhanced visitor experience. The NPS also would update facilities to meet federal accessibility standards, increase sustainability of facilities and resources, and improve efficiency of maintenance and care of the nine sites.
No decisions have yet been made on what approach to take at these nine sites, and the NPS is seeking public input to better understand the public's concerns and ideas for potential management strategies and supporting improvements at these locations. Please attend one of the public meetings listed below and provide comments on the preliminary concepts and management strategies for these nine sites. You may also review the newsletter and concepts posted here and submit comments online. The public is asked to respond to the following questions, focusing on the nine sites being studied:
1. What do you see as the primary visitor use issues that the NPS should address at the nine sites being studied, and why?
2. Of the preliminary management strategies presented, which do you feel would best address the issues you described for the nine sites, and why?
3. What other strategies and ideas would you recommend?
UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS
SPOKANE: October 17, 2018- -St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute LL 1&2, 711 S. Cowley Street, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
DAVENPORT: October 17, 2018- -Memorial Hall, 511 Park Street, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
COLVILLE: October 18, 2018- -Spokane Community College, Colville Room 132, 985 S Elm Street, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
GRAND COULEE: October 18, 2018- -Coulee Dam City Hall Ballroom, 300 Lincoln Avenue, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
If you will need any accommodations to participate, such as assistive listening devices, large print, braille, a sign language interpreter, or real-time captioning, please contact the park accessibility coordinator at 509-754-7830 or email@example.com. To ensure that the requested accommodations are available, please contact the accessibility coordinator a minimum of seven days prior to the meeting.
Jon Edwards 509-754-7876
Denise Bausch 509-754-7830