By Andrew Beck
If you’re on the way to Grand Coulee or Lake Roosevelt, don’t forget to stop at Fort Spokane. Just drive west on Highway 2, and then head north on SR 25 until you get to the town of Miles. The fort used to be a military operation to help the U.S. Army get established in the area. The fort rests right where the Spokane River and Columbia River meet, causing rapids. In 1898, the fort was closed and the buildings were used for treating Native Americans sick with tuberculosis. It’s a historical experience for the whole family, and best of all, it’s free! The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area just released their 2016 boat launch passes. Don’t forget to pick one up before putting your boat in the water.