Campfires are now allowed on the Colville National effective Friday, September 18, 2015 at midnight. Due to post-suppression repair and rehabilitation, 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. Friday, September 25, 2015 chainsaw restrictions were lifted and the Colville N.F. is now in IFPL1.
Chainsaw use ok, fire precaution requirements are in effect. A Fire Watch/Security is required at this and all higher levels unless otherwise waived.
Welcome to the Colville National Forest!
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.