Sullivan Lake Fall I Sullivan Lake Fall II Sullivan Lake Fall III Sullivan Lake Fall IV Salmo - Priest WildernessSouth Baldy LookoutVulcan MountainRose Ranch Snow Peak Cabin sunset in the winter  Unnamed Tributary Summit Lake Cabin


The Colville National Forest disproves the widely held notion that Washington state lies flat east of the Cascade Mountains. Today's 1.1 million acre forest was first shaped over 10,000 years ago by Ice Age glaciers that carved three major valleys of today's Columbia, San Poil-Curlew, and Pend Oreille River flowing north into Canada before entering the Columbia River. These million acres in the northeast corner roll like the high seas. Three waves of mountains run from north to south, separated by troughs of valleys. These ranges -- the Okanogan, Kettle River, and Selkirk -- are considered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Read full article


UPDATE 7/01/2020: Additional Access Restored
Across Colville National Forest (PDF, 240 kb)
Colville National Forest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Dispersed camping on the Colville National Forest


Top Things People Want to Know

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Go Camping! Link to camping information on the forest. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the forest.
Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sit

Forest Plan Revision

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New Digital Collection: Colville National Forest

Thunder Mountain Lookout, CNF

The Washington Rural Heritage project went live with a new digital collection from the northeast corner of our state. The Colville National Forest Collection provides access to a sampling of the archival photos, maps, and documents held by the Heritage Department at Colville National Forest Headquarters in Stevens County.


A Tale of Two Scenic Byways

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Accessible Adventures in the Colville National Forest highlighting Selkirk International Loop and Sherman Pass Scenic Byways.


Bark Beetle on the Colville National Forest

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The Mountain Pine Beetle is at epidemic levels throughout the western United States and in parts of Canada.  


CNF and NE Washington Forestry Coalition Announce Forest Restoration Projects

Joint Colville National Forest and Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition News Release on 2012 NEW Vision Project Selection

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Graphic: Wilderness 50th Anniversary

Yours to explore and celebrate! Link opens in a new window

(Graphic) Link to National Forest Foundation.

National Forest Foundation

A map showing the Vicinity of Towns and Roads on the Colville National Forest

Colville National Forest General Vicinity Map Link opens in a new window