Recreation

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Burned areas and the associated roads and trails leading into burned areas remain closed with a few exceptions. Burned areas will have new hazards including weakened burned trees, burning stump holes covered in ash, unstable soils, risk of rolling rocks, debris flows and hazardous road conditions. In some cases, rehabilitation operations have begun and closures are in place due to heavy equipment working in the area. It is likely that burned area closures may remain in place through winter. Closures are in place to keep the public from entering hazardous conditions. Please see the map below for a general overview of temporary closures on the forest. For more information, please contact your local ranger station.

 "Temporary area closures due to Wildfires Updated 10-08-15" PDF (1 MB)

Current IFPL Information

Forest or Grassland IFPL Level Date
Colville  I 9/10/2015

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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Edgewater Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Hoodoo Canyon Trail #17 Closed to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
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   
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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Lake Leo Campground Open to Visitor Open to Labor Day.
Lake Thomas Campground Closed 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 Closed due hazard trees. The dispersed site outside of the campground that has access to the lake and a CXT remains open.  It has three campsites.
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 Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Mill Pond Historic Site   
Noisy Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Noisy Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Panhandle Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Pierre Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open with services, fee required.
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 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 Closed 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 Open to Visitor Stickpin Fire Closure
West Sullivan Campground Closed 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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