Recreation

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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.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
49° North Mountain Resort Open to Visitor
Bead Lake Boat Launch Closed to Visitor The gate to the lake and boat launch is closed. The public will need to walk in to go fishing.
Big Meadow Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day. South End Closed.
Browns Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Canyon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor No services provided.(No water, garbage or cleaning services) Fees will not be charged at this time.
Crescent Lake Recreation Site Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Davis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
East Sullivan Campground Closed to Visitor Memorial day through mid-September with full services. Boat launch open until closed by snow.
Edgewater Campground Closed to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours. NO WATER AVAILABLE.
Ferry Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No services provided.(No water, garbage or cleaning services) Fees will not be charged at this time.
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 Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services.
Jungle Hill Horse Campground Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Jungle Hill Trail #16 Open to Visitor
Kettle Crest (North) National Recreation Trail #13 Open to Visitor Cleared for use.
Kettle Crest Horse Campground Open to Visitor
Kettle Crest South Trail #13 Open to Visitor Cleared and open for use.
Lake Ellen East Campground Closed to Visitor No services provided.(No water, garbage or cleaning services) Fees will not be charged at this time.
Lake Ellen West Campground Closed to Visitor No services provided.(No water, garbage or cleaning services) Fees will not be charged at this time.
Lake Gillette Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Boat launch open until closed by snow.
Lake Leo Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.Reduced services from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31, fee reduced to $8.00 per night.
Lake Thomas Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Lakeshore Trail #504 Open to Visitor
Lambert Horse Camp Campground Open to Visitor
Little Pend Oreille Off Road Vehicle Trail System Open to Visitor
Little Twin Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Log Flume Interpretive Trail #77 Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor day.
Long Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No services provided.(No water, garbage or cleaning services) Fees will not be charged at this time.
Mill Pond Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Mill Pond Historic Site Open to Visitor
Noisy Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Boat launch open until closed by snow.
Noisy Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the Season
Old Stage Horse Camp Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Panhandle Campground Closed to Visitor Boat launch open until closed by snow.
Pierre Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No services provided.(No water, garbage or cleaning services) Fees will not be charged at this time.
Pioneer Park Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
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 Closed for the season.
Sullivan Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season
Swan Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No services provided.(No water, garbage or cleaning services) Fees will not be charged at this time.
Ten Mile Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to storm damage.
Trout Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
West Sullivan Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. Day use area is also closed.

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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