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.

05/14/2015 FYI- Snow still exists at the higher elevations above 4000 ft. As always expect obstacles along the trail.

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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 Open to Visitor (NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE)
Canyon Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open with no services; no camping fee.
Davis Lake Campground Open to Visitor No Fee.
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
East Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor
Edgewater Campground Open to Visitor
Ferry Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open with services.
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 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 Has measurable snow even though some of the feeder trails appear to be snow free. Be prepared with snowshoes if you choose to travel to the higher elevations as the snow is very rotten and continues to be greater than 18 inches deep in places.
Kettle Crest Campground Open to Visitor Open with no services; no camping fee.
Kettle Crest South Trail #13 Open to Visitor Has measurable snow even though some of the feeder trails appear to be snow free. Be prepared with snowshoes if you choose to travel to the higher elevations as the snow is very rotten and continues to be greater than 18 inches deep in places.
Lake Ellen East Campground Open to Visitor Open with no services; no camping fee.
Lake Ellen West Campground Open to Visitor Open with no services; no camping fee.
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 Open to Visitor
Little Pend Oreille Off Road Vehicle Trail System Open to Visitor
Little Twin Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Open with no services; no camping fee.
Log Flume Interpretive Trail #77 Closed to Visitor Open Memorial Day to Labor day.
Long Lake Campground Open to Visitor
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 no services; no camping fee.
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 Open to Visitor
Sullivan Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor
Swan Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Ten Mile Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to storm damage.
Trout Lake Campground Open to Visitor
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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Highlights

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