Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

Colville National Forest has been restoring access to closed areas across the Forest

Our staff is aligning operations to support state Governor executive orders for residents to stay home, stay safe, and save lives. Our mission-critical work, such as improving the condition of the forest, suppressing wildfires, and other public service responsibilities, continues uninterrupted. We are following USDA, CDC, and local guidance and orders to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

FAQs for the Colville National Forest:

Is camping allowed on the Colville National Forest?

Is firewood cutting still free this year? 

Can I ride my ATV on forest roads?

When will gated roads be opened?

Can I pull off to the side of the road and enjoy the forest and trails as long as I practice social distancing?  

Are closed campgrounds only closed to camping overnight or am I allowed to use closed campgrounds during the day?

Q. Is camping allowed on the Colville National Forest?

A. Yes. Many developed campgrounds are offering overnight access; however, some campgrounds remain closed or are providing limited services. Dispersed camping is available on undeveloped forest lands. Restrooms are closed until further notice to protect people from potential exposure to coronavirus on uncleaned surfaces The Recreation Condition Report shows which recreation areas are open and what services are provided. Store food properly, be prepared for changing conditions, and be self-reliant. Campground facilities are not being cleaned to CDC standards for COVID-19. 

Q. Is firewood cutting still free this year?

A. Yes. Free firewood cutting authorizations are available at self-serve stations at each of our offices. Partnering retailers are also offering free firewood cutting permits. Each household is permitted to cut up to 12 cords of personal-use firewood between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. At this time of year, many roads, especially at higher elevations, are blocked by snow, ice, mud, and downed trees. Please do not attempt to use roads that are blocked by snow and ice and wait until snowmelt dries to prevent damaging the roadbed with ruts. Read more about free firewood cutting.

 

Q. Can I ride my ATV on forest roads?

A. Yes. People can access Forest Service trails and roads that are open to the types of vehicles identified on the forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). You must follow the road-use rules in the MVUM, which are also available on the Avenza app (www.avenzamaps.com). Certain roads may still be closed for the season. You can find seasonal road closures on the back of MVUM paper maps or on our MVUM webpage. Also, be aware that many roads are blocked by snow, ice, and downed trees, especially at higher elevations. Practice Tread Lightly principles (avoid wet, muddy, and snow covered sections) to prevent damaging roads and trails. Restrooms are closed until further notice to protect people from potential exposure to coronavirus on uncleaned surfaces.

 

Q When will gated roads be opened?

A. Many roads are still blocked by snow, ice, downed trees, and mud. As roads become accessible, our staff will determine the best way to proceed while supporting the governor’s order to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy. Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our employees and the general public.

 

Q. Can I pull off to the side of the road and enjoy the forest and trails as long as I practice social distancing? 

A. Yes. People can access the general forest and trails from any safe pull-out along Forest Service roads if they can maintain social distancing. However, restrooms are closed until further notice to protect people from potential exposure to coronavirus on uncleaned surfaces.  Members of the public should avoid parking along the side of roads to reduce the chance of an accident. This will allow first responders to maintain their focus on supporting local COVID-19 efforts.

 

Q. Are closed campgrounds only closed to camping overnight or am I allowed to use closed campgrounds during the day?

A. No. All closed campgrounds on the Colville National Forest do not allow overnight or day-use recreation activities. The Recreation Condition Report shows which areas are open and what services are provided. People should not enter our closed campgrounds because dangers, such as construction, hazard trees, or other damage, make the areas unsafe for public recreation. Campground facilities are not being cleaned to CDC standards for COVID-19. 





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