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   
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
Canyon Creek Campground Open to Visitor Will close 10/31/2018 weather permitting. Please call 509-738-7700 after 10/15 to make sure
Crescent Lake Open to Visitor
Davis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Deer Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
East Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor
Edgewater Campground Closed to Visitor
Ferry Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campground will close 10/31 weather permitting Please call Republic RD 509-775-7400 after 10/15 to make sure
Flume Creek Trail #502    Area Forecast Flume Creek Trail #502
Frater Lake Trail #150/Lake Leo Trail #155 Closed to Visitor 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 Open to Visitor 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 Closed to Visitor
Grassy Top Trail #503   
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 Open to Visitor
Jungle Hill Horse Campground   
Kettle Crest (North) National Recreation Trail #13 Open to Visitor North 13 trail head at Sherman pass closed
Kettle Crest South Trail #13 Open to Visitor
Lake Ellen East Campground Open to Visitor closing on 10/31/2018 weather permitting. Please call Three Rivers RD 509-738-7700 after 10/15 to check campground status
Lake Ellen West Campground Open to Visitor closing on 10/31/2018 weather permitting. Please call Three Rivers RD 509-738-7700 after 10/15 to check campground status
Lake Gillette Campground Open to Visitor Bring your own water
Lake Leo Campground Open to Visitor Closing 10/31
Lake Thomas Campground Closed to Visitor
Lakeshore Trail #504   
Lambert Horse Camp Campground Closed to Visitor
Lambert Trail #47   
Lambert Trailhead   
Leona Loop Trail #49a   
Leona Trail #49   
Leona Trailhead   
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 Closing 10/31/2018 weather permitting please call Three Rivers RD 509-738-7700 after 10/15 to check campground status
Log Flume Interpretive Trail #77   
Long Alec Trail #43.1 Open to Visitor
Long Alec Trailhead Open to Visitor
Long Lake Open to Visitor
Long Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campground will close 10/31 weather permitting Please call Republic RD 509-775-7400 after 10/15 to make sure
Long Lake Trail #5 Open to Visitor
Marcus Trail #8   
Marcus Trailhead   
Midnight Ridge Trail #41   
Mill Pond Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for 2018 season.
Mill Pond Historic Site Closed to Visitor Closed for the 2018 season.
Noisy Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Noisy Creek Group Campground Open to Visitor Will Close on 9/24/2018
North Fork Silver Creek Trail #119   
North Fork Trail #507   
Panhandle Campground Closed to Visitor boat launch open
Pierre Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Pioneer Park Campground Open to Visitor will close on 9/24/2018
Sherman Loop Trail #72 Open to Visitor
Sherman Overlook Campground    Updated as of 07/16/2018
Sherman Trail #12 Open to Visitor
Sherman Trailhead Open to Visitor
Snow Peak Cabin Open to Visitor 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 Closed to Visitor
Stick Pin Trail #71   
Sullivan Creek Open to Visitor
Sullivan Lake Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only. Closing on 9/24/2018
Swan Lake Campground Open to Visitor Last day to camp will be Saturday 9/15/2018, campground will close Sunday afternoon
Swan Lake Kitchen   
Swan Lake Trail #14 Open to Visitor
Taylor Ridge Trail #74   
Ten Mile Campground Closed to Visitor
Ten Mile Trail #25 Open to Visitor
Thirteen Mile Trail #23   
Thirteen Mile Trailhead   
Trout Lake Open to Visitor
Trout Lake Campground Open to Visitor
West Sullivan Campground Open to Visitor

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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