Recreation

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Due to extreme wildfire danger, Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is Level 4, general shutdown with a prohibition on all industrial activities in zones 684, 685, 686, 678W, 678E, 687, and 688. This general shutdown is not a forest closure or restriction of access to the national forest, but a general restriction of industrial operations in the forest. Chainsaw use is currently prohibited on the Colville National Forest. All campfires and charcoal use is prohibited in all areas of the Colville National Forest, including campgrounds.

The Colville National Forest offers 1.1 million acres of forest for your enjoyment, relaxation, and exploration. You can experience the solitude of hiking in the wilderness on hundreds of miles of trails, enjoy camping near others in developed campgrounds, or the solitude of camping in the back country or wilderness. The forest is also a prime location for plenty of great fishing, hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, climbing, off road vehicles, and winter activities such as cross-country and downhill skiing and snowmobiling. Hundreds of miles of forest roads offer access and sightseeing opportunities.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas.

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
49° North Mountain Resort Open to Visitor
Bead Lake Boat Launch Open to Visitor
Big Meadow Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open with services; no camping fee.
Browns Lake Campground Closed to Visitor (NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE) Due to extreme fire behavior on the Tower Fire, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Browns Lake, North Skookum and South Skookum Campgrounds.
Canyon Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open with services; fee required.
Davis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to hazard tree, and Stickpin Fire Closure
East Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor
Edgewater Campground Open to Visitor
Ferry Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Swan Lake and southwestern Kettle Crest Closure
Frater Lake Trail #150/Lake Leo Trail #155 Open to Visitor Snow Park Pass required from Dec 1 to March 31. Groomed Dec 1 to March 31.
Frater Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor Snow Park Pass required from Dec 1 to March 31
Geophysical Trailhead / Sno-Park Open to Visitor Snow Park Pass required from Dec 1 to March 31.
Gillette Campground Open to Visitor Open to Labor Day with full services.
Hoodoo Canyon Trail #17 Open to Visitor Logged out except for one large tree still remaining on the trail.
Jungle Hill Horse Campground Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Jungle Hill Trail #16 Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Kettle Crest (North) National Recreation Trail #13 Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Kettle Crest Campground Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Kettle Crest South Trail #13 Open to Visitor
Lake Ellen East Campground Open to Visitor Open with services, fee required.
Lake Ellen West Campground Open to Visitor Open with services, fee required.
Lake Gillette Campground Open to Visitor Open to Labor Day.
Lake Leo Campground Open to Visitor Open to Labor Day.
Lake Thomas Campground Open to Visitor Open to Labor Day.
Lakeshore Trail #504 Open to Visitor
Lambert Horse Camp Campground Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Little Pend Oreille Off Road Vehicle Trail System Open to Visitor
Little Twin Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Temporarily closed due to down and dangerous trees from wind storm.
Log Flume Interpretive Trail #77 Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor day.
Long Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Swan Lake and southwestern Kettle Crest Closure
Mill Pond Campground Open to Visitor Open with reduced services (no water). The rate is $8.00 per night.
Mill Pond Historic Site Closed to Visitor
Noisy Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Noisy Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor
Panhandle Campground Open to Visitor
Pierre Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open with services, fee required.
Pioneer Park Campground Open to Visitor
Sherman Overlook Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to bug kill.
Snow Peak Cabin Open to Visitor Reservations must be made at least two days in advance. The maximum-length stay is five consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov
South Skookum Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Due to extreme fire behavior on the Tower Fire, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Browns Lake, North Skookum and South Skookum Campgrounds.
Stick Pin Trail #71 Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Sullivan Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor
Swan Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Swan Lake and southwestern Kettle Crest Closure
Taylor Ridge Trail #74 Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
Ten Mile Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to storm damage.
Trout Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
West Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Pioneer Park Heritage Trail #321

On this unique trail the history of the Kalispel Tribe is presented through twelve artistic, interpretive displays.  Dramatic views of the Pend Oreille River. 

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