The Colville National Forest is located in northeastern Washington state.
Where is this Forest?


Reminder: while burned areas are open to foot access, some roads and trails remain closed. Additional roads are open in the Stickpin Fire burned area- check with your local ranger station for more information.  Know before you go.

Welcome to the Colville National Forest!

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The Colville National Forest disproves the widely held notion that Washington state lies flat east of the Cascade Mountains. Today's 1.1 million acre forest was first shaped over 10,000 years ago by Ice Age glaciers that carved three major valleys of today's Columbia, San Poil-Curlew, and Pend Oreille River flowing north into Canada before entering the Columbia River. These million acres in the northeast corner roll like the high seas. Three waves of mountains run from north to south, separated by troughs of valleys. These ranges -- the Okanogan, Kettle River, and Selkirk -- are considered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Read full article.

Top Things People Want to Know

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Go Camping! Link to camping information on the forest. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the forest.
Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sit

Forest Plan Revision

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Recent News


Draft Revised Forest Plan and Draft EIS documents

Colville, WA – The U.S. Forest Service completed a 135-day public comment period on July 5, 2016, for the Draft Revised Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Colville National Forest.

Information provided to the public during the review period can be accessed through the above link. Comments received from the public can be found at

New Digital Collection: Colville National Forest

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The Washington Rural Heritage project went live with a new digital collection from the northeast corner of our state. The Colville National Forest Collection provides access to a sampling of the archival photos, maps, and documents held by the Heritage Department at Colville National Forest Headquarters in Stevens County.


Multiagency Team Addresses Post-Wildfire Dangers in Eastern Washington

DUPONT, Wash. - Washington suffered its worst wildfire season in state history in 2015. Raging fires burned more than one million acres of public and private lands. 

A Tale of Two Scenic Byways

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Accessible Adventures in the Colville National Forest highlighting Selkirk International Loop and Sherman Pass Scenic Byways.


Bark Beetle on the Colville National Forest

The Mountain Pine Beetle is at epidemic levels throughout the western United States and in parts of Canada.  

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