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
Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117 Open to Visitor
Batey-Bould ORV Area/Trails Open to Visitor
Batey-Bould ORV Trailhead Open to Visitor
Bead Lake Boat Launch Open to Visitor Open!
Big Meadow Lake Open to Visitor
Big Meadow Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Browns Lake Campground Open to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours. Reduced services from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31, fee reduced to $8.00 per night.
Canyon Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced fees and services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Creeks, Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams Open to Visitor
Crescent Lake Recreation Site Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Crowell Ridge Trail #515 Open to Visitor Not cleared.
Davis Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Deer Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Deer Creek Summit North Loop Trail #40 Open to Visitor
Deer Creek Summit South Loop Trail #43 Open 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.
Elk Creek Trail #560 Open to Visitor
Ferry Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Frater Lake Trail #150/Lake Leo Trail #155 Open to Visitor Snow Park Pass required from Dec 1 to March 31
Frater Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor Snow Park Pass required from Dec 1 to March 31
Geophysical Nordic Ski and Mountain Bike Trails Open to Visitor
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.
Gillette Ridge Trail System #131 Open to Visitor
Grassy Top Trail #503 Open to Visitor Cleared and open for use.
Hoodoo Canyon Trail #17 Open to Visitor Logged out and cleared for use.
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 Closed to Visitor Closed due to bug kill. Kettle Crest trail is still open.
Kettle Crest South Trail #13 Open to Visitor Cleared and open for use.
Lake Ellen East Campground Open to Visitor Open date is weather permitting with reduced services. Full Services from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Lake Ellen West Campground Open to Visitor Open date is weather permitting with reduced services. Full Services from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Lake Gillette Campground Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Boat launch open until closed by snow.
Lake Leo Campground Open 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 Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Log Flume Interpretive Trail #77 Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor day.
Long Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Meadow Creek Trail #125/Lakeshore Trail #120 Open to Visitor
Midnight Ridge Trail #41 Open to Visitor
Mill Pond Campground Closed to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours. Reduced services from Sept. 3 through Oct. 31, fee reduced to $8.00 per night.
Mill Pond Historic Site Open to Visitor
Noisy Creek Campground Open to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours. Boat launch open until closed by snow.
Noisy Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours.
North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119 Open to Visitor
North Fork Trail #507 Closed to Visitor Due to a trail bridge failure, the Upper North Fork Trail #507 will be closed to public use until the structure is replaced. The #507 trail is a connector trail that connects the upper portion of the North Fork of Sullivan Creek to the #515 Crowell Ridge Trail in the Salmo Priest Wilderness.
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 Open to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours. Boat launch open until closed by snow.
Pend Oreille River Open to Visitor
Pepoon Lake Open to Visitor
Pierre Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced fees and services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Pioneer Park Campground Open to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours.
Quartz Ridge Staging Area Open to Visitor
Salmo Basin Trail #506 Open to Visitor
Salmo-Priest Wilderness 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
Snow Peak Trail #10 Open to Visitor
Snow Peak Trailhead Open to Visitor
South Fork Silver Creek Trail #123 Open to Visitor
South Skookum Lake Campground Open to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours.
South Skookum Trail #138 Closed to Visitor Closed due to bridge safety issues, area can be avoided by using South Skookum Trail 138.1.
Sullivan Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours. Reduced services from Sept. 16 through Oct. 31, fee reduced to $30.00 per night
Swan Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Ten Mile Campground Closed to Visitor
Ten Mile Trail #25 Open to Visitor Trail head at Ten Mile Campground is closed. Trail is open and can be accessed from Rd. #5320100 off the scatter creek road.
Ten Mile Trailhead Open to Visitor
Thirteen Mile Trail #23 Open to Visitor Cleared and open for use.
Trout Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Upper Wolf Nordic Ski and Mountain Bike Trails Open to Visitor
Upper Wolf Trailhead Open to Visitor
Wapaloosie Horse Campground Open to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor Day with full services. Reduced services between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
West Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor Opened with full services by Friday, May 23 at 1200 hours. Reduced services from Sept. 16 through Oct. 31, fee reduced to $8.00 per night.  

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.