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.

Colville National Forest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas.

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Albian Hill Sno-Park   
Bead Lake Boat Launch Open to Visitor Boat launch access and parking area is available. A portable toilet and garbage service will be available starting July 2nd. Fees will be charged. Parking for boat launch users only. Trail users need to park in the trailhead ¼ mile up on Bead Ridge Road 3215. 
Beth Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Meadow Lake Campground Open to Visitor Boat launch, parking area, and fishing dock are available for public access. Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Toilets will not be cleaned and will remain closed. Campsites in the back (southern) loop may not be available if the trail contractor is present. Trail system is closed for reconstruction. 
Bonaparte Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Browns Lake Campground Closed to Visitor The campground is currently closed due to fallen and hazard trees. Anticipated to open Spring of 2021. Overnight use and day-use at this site is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged.
Canyon Creek Campground Open to Visitor Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Toilets will be cleaned and available for use. Access to Sherman Creek Trail is available from the campground.  Fees will be charged.
Cottonwood Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Crawfish Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Crescent Lake Closed to Visitor Invasives in this reach include reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Davis Lake Campground Open to Visitor Boat launch and parking area are available for public access. Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Toilets will not be cleaned and will remain closed.
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed.  Reconstruction is ongoing.
Deer Creek Summit North Trailhead / Sno-Park   
Deer Creek Summit South Trailhead / Sno-Park   
East Sullivan Boat Launch Open to Visitor Boat launch and parking area are available for access. Toilet will not be cleaned and garbage service will not be available.
East Sullivan Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use and day-use at this site is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged.
Edgewater Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use and day-use at this site is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged.
Ferry Lake Campground Open to Visitor Overnight camping is allowed and boat launch access and parking is available. Toilet will be cleaned and available for use. Fees will be charged.
Flowery Trail Sno-Park   
Frater Lake Trailhead / Sno-Park Open to Visitor Boat launch access and parking area is available. Toilet facilities will not be cleaned to COVID-19 standards. The Frater Lake Cabin Day-Use Area is not being cleaned and we cannot guarantee a COVID-19 free environment. 
Gillette Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use and day-use at this site is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged.
Hall Creek Sno-Park   
Highlands / Sno-Park   
Kerr Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Kerr Sno-Park   
Kings Lake Sno-Park   
Lake Ellen East Campground Open to Visitor Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Toilets will be cleaned and available for use. Fees will be charged.
Lake Ellen West Campground Open to Visitor Boat launch access and parking area is available. Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Toilets will be cleaned and available for use. Fees will be charged.
Lake Gillette Campground Open to Visitor Overnight use and day-use at this site is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged.
Lake Leo Campground Open to Visitor Overnight use and day-use at this site is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire.  Fees will be charged.
Lake Thomas Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use within the campground is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged.
Little Twin Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Boat launch access and parking area is available. Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Toilets will not be cleaned and will remain closed. Toilets remain closed. Boat dock is not accessible. Access ramp to dock has been removed due to failure.
Long Lake Campground Open to Visitor Overnight camping is allowed and boat launch access and parking is available.  Hand pump water system is available for use. Toilet will be cleaned and available for use. Fees will be charged.
Long Swamp Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Lost Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Mack King Jeep Trail #98    Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.
Mill Pond Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use at this site is available with full services provided by the concessionaire.  Fees will be charged.
Mill Pond Historic Site Open to Visitor Trail and day-use areas are open.
Mount Annie Tail #300   
Ninebark Sno-Park   
Noisy Creek 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.
Noisy Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor Site closed until further notice. Does not meet State Order limiting the number of people that can gather in one location. Affected reservations will receive full refunds. No overnight camping. Day-use will be allowed if groups stay below 10 people.
Oriole Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Owl Mountain Jeep Trail #102    Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.
Panhandle 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.
Pierre Lake Campground Open to Visitor Boat launch and day-use access and parking is available. Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Potable water is available. Toilets will be cleaned and available for use. The boat dock is accessible and safe to use. Fees will be charged.
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.
Salmon Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Sherman Overlook Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Campground toilet will be cleaned and available for use. Fees will be charged. The neighboring interpretive trail and day-use area are open. The toilets near the interpretive trail and day-use area will not be cleaned and will remain closed.
Sherman Pass / Sno-Park   
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.
South Huckleberry Jeep Trail #12110 & #12060    Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.
South Skookum Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight use and day-use at this site is available with full services provided by the Concessionaire. Fees will be charged.
Sugarloaf Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Sullivan Lake Group Campground Closed to Visitor Site closed until further notice. Does not meet State Order limiting the number of people that can gather in one location. Affected reservations will receive full refunds. No overnight camping. Day-use will be allowed if groups stay below 10 people.
Swan Lake Campground Open to Visitor 7/23/2020 - Overnight camping and day-use is allowed; boat launch access and parking is available. There is no water at Swan Lake until further notice. The water system's generator continues to have technical difficulties. Repair work will continue. Bring extra water. Garbage service is available. Toilet will be cleaned and available for use. Fees will be charged.
Swan Lake Kitchen Closed to Visitor Site closed until further notice. Does not meet State Order limiting the number of people that can gather in one location. Affected reservations will receive full refunds. No overnight camping. Day-use will be allowed if groups stay below 10 people.
Ten Mile Campground Closed to Visitor Overnight camping is allowed. Toilet will not be cleaned and will remain closed.
Thompson Ridge Jeep Trail #107    Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.
Tiffany Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Tonasket Ranger District   
Trout Lake Campground Open to Visitor Overnight use within the campground is allowed. Toilet will not be cleaned and will remain closed. Access to Hoodoo Canyon Trail is closed for reconstruction in 2020.
Twin Sisters Jeep Trail #109    Conditions updated with the assistance of the Colville National Forest Ambassadors.
West Sullivan 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.

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. 

Areas & Activities

Highlights

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