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By Ashley Parkinson
The Record-Times 

There's a camping area for all


Last updated 7/14/2022 at 8:33am

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Brody Leavenworth and his puppy Hollie looking over the swimming dock at Hawk Creek.

DAVENPORT – Those hoping to get outdoors for a camp or swim are full of options near Lake Roosevelt.

Hawk Creek Falls is located 12.9 miles from Davenport and is perfect for a quiet swim.

The campground is secluded and is best suited for families looking for a quiet area, a couple or anyone who wishes to be away from the general public.

Hawk Creek has a waterfall that is accessible through paddle boat or a short swim.

Sharon Ballou, a local who was fishing with her husband at Hawk Creek Tuesday, said the area has always been quiet.

There is a courtesy dock located in the middle of the campground that provides access to Lake Roosevelt.

Hawk Creek does not have electricity, potable water and no water/sewer hook ups.

Porcupine Bay shares more amenities for families and boaters.

The bay has 20 campsites, seasonal flush facilities, a fish cleaning station, a swim beach and a boat launch.

The campground is against the arm of the Spokane River arm of Lake Roosevelt.

The Seven Bays area is a great location for those who would rather rent a boat and have a convenience store close by.

The Grill at Seven Bays restaurant is currently closed due to staffing challenges.

Local boat enthusiast Mike Diteman said he's lived in the area for 18 years.

Diteman said after 25 years in Seattle the Seven Bays area is a nice change.

Fort Spokane, which is located on Highway 25 about 23 miles north of Davenport,

has plenty of photo opportunities for photographers and families alike.

Old quartermaster stables stand proudly on the freshly cut grass.

Fort Spokane Restaurant and Store is a hole in the wall if someone wants a quick bite.

The restaurant has a variety of food options to choose from; Mexican, burgers, fish and chips, chili cheese fries and much more.

Robert Lehler has owned the business for 34 years and has help from his daughter in-law Stephanie.

Camping and fishing guidelines at Lake Roosevelt fall under state jurisdiction.

The Fort Spokane Store and Restaurant is open for a cool place to eat.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Deputy Luke Mallon said those under 12 who are boating need to wear a life jacket at all times.

Part of Mallon's duties include working on the county Marine Deputy crew.

He also said that individuals over 12 are to have easily accessible life jackets.

Firearms within theLake Roosevelt area are not allowed to be used, but individuals can legally carry.

There are boat-in campground closures to be aware of.

The closures are due to the park replacing pit toilets with vault toilet facilities.

Goldsmith closure dates are July 11-July 21.

Penix Campground closure dates are July 18-July 28.

Ponderosa Campground closure dates are Aug. 15-Aug. 25.


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