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Colville Ranger District- Located at the heart of the Colville National Forest, this Ranger District offers access to the Little Pend Oreille Lakes ORV Area, Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Recreation Area and surrounding trails including Rufus, Gillette Ridge, and Frater Lake.
Kettle Falls Ranger District- The District offers access to the Sherman Creek Wildlife Recreation Area, the Sherman Pass National Scenic Byway, and area trails to Barnaby Buttes, US Mountain and Wapaloosie Mountain among others.
Newport Ranger District- Newport Ranger District encompasses the southeast corner of the Colville National Forest along State Route 20 and offers access to cross country ski trails, winter recreation areas, and ORV areas in addition to hiking trails and developed camping.
Republic Ranger District- The Republic Ranger District offers recreation on the western portion of the Colville National Forest.
Sullivan Lake Ranger District- Located in the northeast corner of the Colville National Forest, the Sullivan Lake Ranger District boasts a multitude of access trails into the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.

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Description - The Colville National Forest encompasses over one million acres in northeastern Washington. The Sherman Pass National Scenic Byway (State Hwy. 20) leads through a portion of the Forest, with camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and other recreational activities available along the way. 49 Degrees North, a full-service ski resort, is located east of Chewelah, about one hour north of Spokane. The Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area sits in the northeast corner of the Forest, against the Idaho and British Columbia borders.

Portions of the Forest border Lake Roosevelt, created by Grand Coulee Dam, on the Columbia River. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area stretches 130 miles along the length of the lake. This huge lake attracts people for its boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, fishing and its scenery.

The Colville offers diverse, year round recreation recreation opportunities. Some of these include camping (in campgrounds and backcountry/dispersed camping), picnicking, boating, water skiing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, motorcycling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Attractions - The Colville National Forest encompasses over one million acres in northeastern Washington. The Sherman Pass National Scenic Byway (State Hwy. 20) leads through a portion of the Forest, with camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and other recreational activities available along the way. 49 Degrees North, a full-service ski resort, is located east of Chewelah, about one hour north of Spokane. The Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area sits in the northeast corner of the Forest, against the Idaho and British Columbia borders.

Portions of the Forest border Lake Roosevelt, created by Grand Coulee Dam, on the Columbia River. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area stretches 130 miles along the length of the lake. This huge lake attracts people for its boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, fishing and its scenery.

Recreation - The Colville offers diverse, year round recreation recreation opportunities. Some of these include camping (in campgrounds and backcountry/dispersed camping), picnicking, boating, water skiing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, motorcycling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Climate - Moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights characterize the climate during the summer. During the winter, subzero night time temperatures are not unusual, but days are frequently sunny.

Location - The Colville National Forest is located in northeastern Washington State. The Forest is headquartered in the town of Colville, with offices also in Kettle Falls, Newport, Republic and Metaline Falls. A Visitors Center is located in Spokane. The Columbia River and the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area divide two sections of the Forest.


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Colville National Forest, 765 South Main Street , Colville, WA, 99114, Phone: 509-684-7000, Fax: 509-684-7280
, HTTP://www.fed.us/cvnf

Additional Information:
North Cascades - The North Cascade Range is a towering mass of granite spires and prehistoric glaciers. Amid these jagged peaks, you can walk in the quiet of ancient forests, swim in seas of wildflower and peer into the glass of alpine lakes. This is sacred country for casual hikers and extreme mountaineers alike.
Ponderosa Pine Country - The northeast region of Washington is still unspoiled, with vast tracts of coniferous forest and dense mountain terrain. But easy access to culture, as well as wilderness, is attracting ever-increasing numbers of visitors and transplants who discover this areas combination of natural beauty and understated sophistication.
Washington National Forests and Parks - Washington has an abundance of National Forests. There are six national forests within the state.

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Colville National Forest - Official agency website.

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