Due to extreme wildfire danger, the Colville National Forest is in full fire restrictions. All campfires, open flames and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of the Colville National Forest, including campgrounds; pressurized gas cook stoves and lanterns are permitted. Chainsaw use is currently prohibited on the Colville National Forest. Due to large wildfires and firefighting activity, there are temporary emergency area closures in effect. Please see the map below for a general overview of temporary closures on the forest. For more information, please contact your local ranger station.
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.
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.