Recreation

The Colville National Forest offers 1.5 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.

Accessible Adventures in the Colville National Forest highlighting Selkirk International Loop and Sherman Pass Scenic Byways in the video A Tale of Two Scenic Byways.

Colville National Forest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
4th Of July Ridge Trail #307 Closed to Visitor

10/7/2021 The recreation site is currently closed due to fires in the area. Please do not disperse camp in this area during this time for your safety.

Abercrombie Mountain Trail #117 Open to Visitor
Abercrombie Trailhead Open to Visitor
Albert Camp Trail #375 Open to Visitor The trail is usually snowed in until July. 
Albian Hill Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Angel Pass Trail #344 Open to Visitor Small turnout parking lot off of main road. Suitable for one vehicle.
Antoine Trail #304 Closed to Visitor

10/7/2021 The recreation site is currently closed due to fires in the area. Please do not disperse camp in this area during this time for your safety. Trailhead parking at this time is at the closed gate on the Forest Service Road #3230-150.

Bannon Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor
Barnaby Buttes Trail #7 Open to Visitor
Barnaby Buttes Trail #70 Open to Visitor
Basin Creek Trail #360 Open to Visitor The trail is usually snowed in until July.
Batey-Bould Trailhead Open to Visitor
Bead Lake Open to Visitor
Bead Lake Boat Launch Open to Visitor Trail users need to park in the trailhead ¼ mile up on Bead Ridge Road 3215. 
Bead Lake Trail #127 Open to Visitor
Bear Pasture Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Bear Pot Trail #19 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.
Bear Pot Trailhead Open to Visitor
Beaver Lake Open to Visitor
Bernhardt Mine Trail #367 Open to Visitor Small turnout parking lot off of Forest Service Road 3900. Suitable for one vehicle.  
Beth Lake Open to Visitor
Beth Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Beth Lake Trail #316 Open to Visitor Northern end access available all year from a small turnout off of Chesaw Road.
Big Meadow Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), and duckweed (Lemnoideae spp.) was in the water.    
Big Meadow Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Tree Botanical Area Interpretive Site Open to Visitor
Big Tree Trail #311 Open to Visitor
Bonaparte Lake Open to Visitor
Bonaparte Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Group site is closed for reservations in 2021. Site available as a single use first-come first-serve.
Bonaparte Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Bonaparte Trail #306 Closed to Visitor

10/7/2021 The trail currently closed due to fires in the area. Please do not disperse camp or hike in this area during this time for your safety.

Boundary Lake Closed to Visitor
  • There is no public access to this site.
  • Invasives in this reach include Eurasian milfoil, yellow flag iris and reed canary grass.
Boundary Trail #533 Open to Visitor The #3900-500 road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only and is not recommended for passenger cars.
Browns Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinace), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and orange hawkweek (Hieracium aurantiacum).
Browns Lake Campground Closed to Visitor 5/28/2021 - The campground is currently closed due to fallen and hazard trees.
Browns Lake Trail #320 Open to Visitor
Bunchgrass Lake Open to Visitor
Cabin Trail #303 Closed to Visitor

10/7/2021 The recreation site is currently closed due to fires in the area. Please do not disperse camp in this area during this time for your safety.

Canyon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Canyon Creek Trail #93 Closed to Visitor
Carl's Lake Open to Visitor There is no real boat launch. It's a muddy opening near the parking to put non-motorized boats in. Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa) and fragrant waterlily (Nymphea odorata) in the water.
Cathedral Driveway Trail #510A Open to Visitor
Chewuch Trailhead Open to Visitor
Clackamas Mountain Trail #302 Open to Visitor
Clark Ridge Trail #363 Open to Visitor
Columbia Mountain Loop Trail #24 Open to Visitor
Conger Lake Open to Visitor St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and duckweed (Lemna spp.).
Conger Pond Open to Visitor St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) and and duckweed (Lemna spp.) in the water.
Cooks Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum), spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa), dalmation toadflax (Linaria dalmatica).
Cottonwood Campground Closed to Visitor
Crater Lake Open to Visitor
Crawfish Lake Open to Visitor Stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout.
Crawfish Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Crawfish Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Crescent Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Crescent Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Crowell Ridge Trail #515 Open to Visitor
Davis Lake Open to Visitor
Davis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Deception Lake Open to Visitor Be aware of bear and mountain lion in the area. Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum). 
Deer Creek Forest Camp Closed to Visitor
Deer Creek North #40 Open to Visitor
Deer Creek Summit North Trailhead / Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Deer Creek Summit South Loop Trail #43 Open to Visitor
Deer Creek Summit South Trailhead / Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Deer Park Trail #341 Open to Visitor This is a connector trail for Albert Camp #375 and the Clutch Creek Trail #343.
East Sullivan Campground Closed to Visitor
Edds Mountain Trail #3 Open to Visitor
Edds Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor
Edgewater Campground Closed to Visitor
Elbow Lake Open to Visitor
Elbow Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Elk Creek Trail #560 Open to Visitor
Emerald Lake Open to Visitor
Empire Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Empire Lakes (North, Middle, South) Open to Visitor Invasive species in this reach include: reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea).
Ferry Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea).
Ferry Lake Campground Closed to Visitor 6/22/2021 Due to hazard tree removal.10/7/2021 Continues to remain closed.
Fir Mountain Trail #320 Open to Visitor
Fish Lake Open to Visitor Leeches and other interesting algae’s, invasive plants and microscopic animals can be found here. Watermilfoil is found throughout the lake, so extra care needs to be taken to remove vegetation off boats.
Fish Lake Trail #2 Open to Visitor
Flodelle/Tacoma Creek Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Floodplain Trail #523 Open to Visitor
Flowery Trail Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Flume Creek Trail #502 Open to Visitor
Fourteen Mile Campground/Trailhead Open to Visitor
Frater Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea).
Frater Lake Trail #150/Lake Leo Trail #155 Open to Visitor Area Forecast Frater Lake Trail #150/Lake Leo Trail #155
Frater Lake Trailhead / Sno-Park Open to Visitor Winter Sno-Park fees required Dec 1-March 31. No summer use fees.
Freezeout Ridge Trail #345 Open to Visitor
Geophysical Sno-Park Open to Visitor Work will begin in the Geophysical Mechanical Fuels Vegetation Treatment, Newport-Sullivan Lake Ranger Districts starting October 2021 and continuing to August 2022. Work will be suspended from December 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022 for winter sports recreation. News release: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/colville/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD955197
Geophysical Trailhead Open to Visitor Work will begin in the Geophysical Mechanical Fuels Vegetation Treatment, Newport-Sullivan Lake Ranger Districts starting October 2021 and continuing to August 2022. Work will be suspended from December 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022 for winter sports recreation. News release: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/colville/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD955197
Gillette Campground Closed to Visitor Water is not available after September 30.
Gillette Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include fragrant waterlily, yellow flag-iris and reed-canary grass
Gillette Ridge Motorcycle Trail #131 Open to Visitor
Golden Stairway Trail #354 Open to Visitor Black bears are very active in this area. Please ensure all items with a small are properly stored. 
 
Granite Mountain Trail #355 Open to Visitor Caution: only experienced motorcycle riders should attempt this trail as the top becomes steep, with numerous switchbacks and eroded trail conditions due to past fire activity. Once on top of the trail, there are great views of the North Cascades and the C o n c o n u l l y area. And, most likely, a great sense of solitude.
Granite View Trailhead Open to Visitor This site is still under development and will have portable toilet added later.
Grassy Top Trail #503 Open to Visitor
Growden Heritage Site Closed to Visitor
Gypsy Lake Open to Visitor
Half Moon Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Hall Creek Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Hall Mountain Trail #540 Closed to Visitor
Hall Mountain-Grassy Top Trail #533 Open to Visitor
Halliday Trail #522 Open to Visitor
Heritage Lake Open to Visitor
Highlands / Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Honeymoon Pass Trail #372 Open to Visitor
Hoodoo Canyon Trail #17 Open to Visitor
Iron Gate Trailhead Open to Visitor The #3900-500 road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only and is not recommended for passenger cars.
Jungle Hill Horse Campground Closed to Visitor
Jungle Hill Trail #16 Open to Visitor
Kerr Campground Closed to Visitor
Kerr Sno-Park Open to Visitor .
Kettle Crest North National Recreation Trail #13 Open to Visitor
Kettle Crest South National Recreation Trail #13 Open to Visitor
Kettle Crest Trailhead (Sherman Pass) Open to Visitor
Kings Lake Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Lake Ellen Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinace) and Eurasian Milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum).  
Lake Ellen East Campground Closed to Visitor
Lake Ellen West Campground Closed to Visitor
Lake Gillette Campground Closed to Visitor Water is not available after September 30.
Lake Leo Open to Visitor Boat launch access when campground is open.
Lake Leo Campground Closed to Visitor
Lake Thomas Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: Yellow-flag iris (Iris pseudacorus), reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and Fragrant-water lily (Nymphea odorata) in the water.   
Lake Thomas Campground Closed to Visitor
Lakeshore Trail #120 Open to Visitor
Lakeshore Trail #504 Open to Visitor
Lamar Lake Open to Visitor
Lambert Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Lambert Trail #47 Open to Visitor
Lambert Trailhead Open to Visitor High clearance vehicle access recommended.
Leona Loop Trail #49.1 Open to Visitor Portions of this trail are currently difficult to find. 
Leona Trail #49 Open to Visitor
Leona Trailhead Open to Visitor
Little Beaver Lake Open to Visitor Extensive cattails make shore fishing difficult.
Little Pend Oreille Motorcycle Trail System Open to Visitor Area Forecast Little Pend Oreille Off Road Vehicle Trail System
Little Tiffany Lake Open to Visitor
Little Twin Lakes Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Little Twin Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor
Log Flume Interpretive Trail #77 Closed to Visitor
Long Alec Trail #43.1 Open to Visitor
Long Alec Trailhead Open to Visitor Not recommended for low clearance vehicles.
Long Lake Open to Visitor
Long Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Potable water sources are turned off Sept 30.
Long Lake Trail #5 Open to Visitor
Lost Lake Open to Visitor
Lost Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Group site is closed for reservations in 2021. Site available as a single use first-come first-serve.
Lower Wolf Trail #304 Open to Visitor
Lower Wolf Trail #305 Open to Visitor
Lower Wolf Trailhead Open to Visitor
Lyman Lake Open to Visitor
Lyman Lake Dispersed Camping Open to Visitor
Mack King Jeep Trail #98 Open to Visitor Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.

Marcus Trail #8 Open to Visitor
Marcus Trailhead Open to Visitor
Marshall Lake Open to Visitor
Meadow Creek Trail #125 Open to Visitor
Middle Fork Trail #387 Open to Visitor
Midnight Ridge Trail #41 Open to Visitor
Mill Creek Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Mill Pond Campground Closed to Visitor
Mill Pond Flume Trail #520 Open to Visitor
Mill Pond Historic Site Open to Visitor Gate currently closed for hazard tree removal.
Muckamuck Trail #346 Open to Visitor
Mutton Ridge Trail #365 Open to Visitor
Mystic Lake Closed to Visitor 06/22/2021 - Lake access is available for day-use only. Walk-in access only. No overnight camping due to hazard trees. Road is gated and closed.
Nature Trail #509 Open to Visitor
Nile Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).
Nine Mile Falls Trail #44 Open to Visitor
Ninebark Sno-Park Open to Visitor
No Name Lake Closed to Visitor Lake access is available for day-use only. Walk-in access only. No overnight camping due to hazard trees. Road is gated and closed.
Noisy Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Noisy Creek Trail #588 Open to Visitor
North Fork Chewelah Creek Sno-Park Open to Visitor
North Fork Harvey Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
North Fork Salmon Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119 Open to Visitor
North Fork Trail #507 Open to Visitor
North Fork of Chewelah Creek Open to Visitor
North Summit Trail #369 Open to Visitor
Old Stage Horse Camp Closed to Visitor
Old Stage Trail #1 Open to Visitor
Old Stage Trail #75 Open to Visitor
Old Stage Trailhead Open to Visitor
Oriole Campground Closed to Visitor
Owl Mountain Jeep Trail #102 Open to Visitor Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.
Panhandle Campground Closed to Visitor
Parker Lake Open to Visitor
Pass Creek Pass Trailhead Open to Visitor
Phillips Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Pierre Lake Open to Visitor Invasive species in this reach include: Fragrant water lily (Nymphea odorata) and yellow water-flag (Iris pseudacorus).  
Pierre Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Pierre Lake Trail #91 Open to Visitor
Pioneer Park Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use and day-use within the campground is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged. Boat launch is open.
Pioneer Park Heritage Trail #321 Closed to Visitor
Pipsissewa Trail #383 Closed to Visitor

10/7/2021 The recreation site is currently closed due to fires in the area. Please do not disperse camp in this area during this time for your safety.

Profanity Peak Trail #32 Open to Visitor Under reconstruction after the 2015 Stick Pin fire. Parking area is currently being moved due to washout.
Red Bluff Trail #553 Open to Visitor
Renner Lake    No motorized boats. Invasives in this reach include: St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Roger Lake Open to Visitor
Rufus Trail ORV #148 Open to Visitor User Defined Area Forecast Rufus Trail #148
Salmo Basin Trail #506 Open to Visitor
Salmo Cabin Trail #531 Open to Visitor
Salmo Divide #535 Open to Visitor
Salmo-Priest Wilderness Open to Visitor
Salmon Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor
Schalow Trail #361 Open to Visitor
Shedroof Cutoff Trail #511 Open to Visitor
Shedroof Divide Trail #512 Open to Visitor User Defined Area Forecast Shedroof Divide Trail #512
Sherlock Peak Trail #139 Open to Visitor
Sherman Creek Open to Visitor
Sherman Loop Trail #72 Open to Visitor
Sherman Overlook Campground Closed to Visitor
Sherman Overlook Trail #96.A Closed to Visitor
Sherman Pass / Sno-Park Open to Visitor
Sherman Pass Tie Trail #96 Open to Visitor
Sherman Trail #12 Open to Visitor
Shrew Creek Trail #321 Open to Visitor
Silver Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Site become inaccessible after the snow arrives. Season dates are recommendations.
Slate Creek Trail #525 Closed to Visitor Not Maintained
Smarty Creek Trail #371 Open to Visitor
Smith Lake Open to Visitor The #3900-500 road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only and is not recommended for passenger cars.
Smith Lake Trail #533.2 Open to Visitor The #3900-500 road is maintained for high clearance vehicles only and is not recommended for passenger cars.
Snow Dog Trailhead Open to Visitor
Snow Peak Cabin Open to Visitor This facility will not be cleaned between users. Facilities will be cleaned and disinfected approximately every two weeks. The toilet will be cleaned and disinfected approximately every two weeks and is available for cabin users only. Cabin is available by reservation only. Fees will be charged.
Snow Peak Trail #10 Open to Visitor
Snow Peak Trailhead Open to Visitor
South Fork Silver Creek Trail #123 Open to Visitor
South Huckleberry Jeep Trail #12110 & #12060 Open to Visitor Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.
South Mill Pond Trail #550 Open to Visitor
South Skookum Lake Open to Visitor
South Skookum Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
South Skookum Trail #138 Closed to Visitor
Southside Trail #308 Closed to Visitor

10/7/2021 The recreation site is currently closed due to fires in the area. Please do not disperse camp in this area during this time for your safety.

Sportsman's Pond Open to Visitor
Springboard Trail #149 Open to Visitor
Stick Pin Trail #71 Open to Visitor
Strawberry Mountain Trail #309 Open to Visitor
Sugarloaf Campground Closed to Visitor
Sugarloaf Lake Closed to Visitor
Sullivan Creek Open to Visitor
Sullivan Creek Dispersed Sites Open to Visitor

Moon Flats Campground will be closed until the Spring of 2022.  

Sullivan Creek Trail #565 Open to Visitor
Sullivan Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea).
Sullivan Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor
Summit Lake (Ferry County) Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and duckweed (Lemnoideae spp.) in the water.
Summit Lake (Okanogan County) Open to Visitor
Summit Lake Campground Closed to Visitor This campground is more suited for tent camping vs. trailer camping.
Swan Lake Open to Visitor
Swan Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Potable water sources turned off Sept 30.
Swan Lake Kitchen Closed to Visitor Potable water sources turned off Sept 30.
Swan Lake Trail #14 Open to Visitor
Sweat Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor Rest stop along HWY 20.
Taylor Ridge Trail #74 Open to Visitor
Ten Mile Campground Closed to Visitor 6/21/2021 - Closed for hazard tree removal. 10/7/2021 Continues to remain closed.
Ten Mile Trail #25 Open to Visitor
Ten Mile Trailhead Open to Visitor
Thirteen Mile Trail #23 Open to Visitor
Thirteen Mile Trailhead Open to Visitor
Thomas Mountain Trail #151 Open to Visitor
Thompson Ridge Jeep Trail #107 Open to Visitor Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.  
Thunder Creek Trailhead #526 Open to Visitor A culvert is plugged, but passable. Use care crossing.
Tiffany Lake Open to Visitor
Tiffany Lake Trail #373 Open to Visitor
Tiffany Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Timber Ridge Trailhead Open to Visitor
Tonasket Ranger District   
Trout Lake Open to Visitor Access to Yellow flag-iris and reed canary grass are along the shoreline, along with duckweed in the water. Seeds from these plants may attach to boats and boat trailers.  All of these plants can choke out native species and make swimming and boating difficult.
Trout Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Twin Sisters Jeep Trail #109 Open to Visitor Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.  
US Mountain Jeep Trail #12600 Open to Visitor Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.  
Upper Wolf Trail System Open to Visitor
Upper Wolf Trailhead Open to Visitor
Virginia Lilly Trailhead and Trail #322 Open to Visitor The trail is not well defined in places, but there are orange blazes on trees/cairns/signs which try and help. 
Wapaloosie Horse Campground Closed to Visitor
Wapaloosie Mountain Trail #15 Open to Visitor
Ward Lake Open to Visitor Invasives in this reach include: Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and St john’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).  
Watch Lake Open to Visitor There are no fish in this lake.
West Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor No fees charged after Oct. 31, 2021
Wilcox Trailhead Open to Visitor
Windy Peak Trail #342 Open to Visitor
Windy Peak Trailhead/Long Swamp Open to Visitor
Yocum Lake Open to Visitor Yocum Lake has noxious weeds that easily spread if carried on boats or boat trailers to other lakes.  Eurasian milfoil is found around the boat ramp, so extra care needs to be taken to remove vegetation off boats. These plants can choke out native species and make swimming and boating difficult.

Invasives: Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) in the water.
Areas & Activities

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