Recreation

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 Closed to Visitor
Bead Lake Boat Launch Open to Visitor Northwest Forest Pass required. $5.00 per day, $30.00 season pass. No charge for Interagency Senior/Access pass holders.
Big Meadow Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Browns Lake Campground Open to Visitor campground will close on 10/31/2017
Canyon Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Crescent Lake    Please check with Newport Ranger District 509-447-7300
Davis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
East Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor
Edgewater Campground Open to Visitor Campground will open 5/25/18.BOAT LAUNCH IS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER
Ferry Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Flume Creek Trail #502    Area Forecast Flume Creek Trail #502
Frater Lake Trail #150/Lake Leo Trail #155    Area Forecast Frater Lake Trail #150/Lake Leo Trail #155 Snow Park Pass required from Dec 1 to March 31. Groomed Dec 1 to March 31.
Frater Lake Trailhead    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 This camground will be closed on 9/05/2017.  Lake Gillette Campround will remain open unil 9/30/2017
Grassy Top Trail #503    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Trails may not be full accessible Please check with ranger district.
Hall Mountain / Grassy Top Trail #533    Area Forecast Hall Mountain / Grassy Top Trail #533​
Hall Mountain Trail #540    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Hoodoo Canyon Trail #17    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Jungle Hill Horse Campground   
Kettle Crest (North) National Recreation Trail #13    Closed north of Old Stage Trailhead.
Kettle Crest South Trail #13    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Lake Ellen East Campground Open to Visitor
Lake Ellen West Campground Open to Visitor
Lake Gillette Campground Open to Visitor Conessionaire will cease operations on 9/06/2017  Forest will take over at this date.
Lake Leo Campground Open to Visitor
Lake Thomas Campground Open to Visitor
Lakeshore Trail #504    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Lambert Horse Camp Campground Closed to Visitor
Lambert Trail #47 Closed to Visitor Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Lambert Trailhead Closed to Visitor Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Leona Loop Trail #49a    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Leona Trail #49    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Leona Trailhead    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Little Pend Oreille Off Road Vehicle Trail System    Area Forecast Little Pend Oreille Off Road Vehicle Trail System
Little Twin Lakes Campground Open to Visitor
Log Flume Interpretive Trail #77    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Long Alec Trail #43.1 Closed to Visitor Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Long Alec Trailhead Closed to Visitor Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Long Lake Open to Visitor Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Long Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Long Lake Trail #5 Closed to Visitor
Marcus Trail #8    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Marcus Trailhead    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Midnight Ridge Trail #41    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Mill Pond Campground Closed to Visitor Mill Pond will be closed for the 2018 season.  
Mill Pond Historic Site Closed to Visitor Please see Mill Pond Campground and Historic Site Temporary Area Closure for more information.
Noisy Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Noisy Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Trails may not be full accessible Please check with ranger district.
North Fork Trail #507    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Trails may not be full accessible Please check with ranger district.
Panhandle Campground Open to Visitor BOAT LAUNCH IS CLOSED
Pierre Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Pioneer Park Campground Open to Visitor Boat Launch is closed due to high water/flooding. 5/22/2018
Sherman Loop Trail #72    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Sherman Overlook Campground   
Sherman Trail #12    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Sherman Trailhead    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Snow Peak Cabin    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
Stick Pin Trail #71   
Sullivan Creek Open to Visitor Camp sites open road closed at mile marker 6 due to washout
Sullivan Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
Swan Lake Campground Open to Visitor Please check with Republic RD 509-775-7400 For Memorial Day Weekend
Swan Lake Kitchen   
Swan Lake Trail #14 Closed to Visitor Partial closure, bridge is currently out. Please contact the Republic Ranger District 509-775-7400 for further questions.
Taylor Ridge Trail #74    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Trails may not be full accessible Please check with ranger district.
Ten Mile Campground    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Trails may not be full accessible Please check with ranger district.
Ten Mile Trail #25    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Trails may not be full accessible Please check with ranger district.
Thirteen Mile Trail #23    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Thirteen Mile Trailhead    Early spring trail conditions vary and can change rapidly. Trails may be covered in snow or other obstacles. Please check with ranger district.
Trout Lake Open to Visitor
Trout Lake Campground Open to Visitor
West Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor 7 sites open. Water is not on. You must bring your own water.

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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Areas & Activities

Highlights

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