Colville National Forest

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Colville National Forest
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Map showing the location of Colville National Forest
Map showing the location of Colville National Forest
Map showing the location of Colville National Forest
Map showing the location of Colville National Forest
LocationWashington, United States
Nearest cityColville, WA
Coordinates48°41′17″N 117°37′30″W / 48.688°N 117.625°W / 48.688; -117.625Coordinates: 48°41′17″N 117°37′30″W / 48.688°N 117.625°W / 48.688; -117.625
Area1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2)[1]
EstablishedMarch 1, 1907[2]
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service
WebsiteColville National Forest

The Colville National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in northeastern Washington state. It is bordered on the west by the Okanogan National Forest and the Kaniksu National Forest to the east. The forest also borders Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge and the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

As of October 2020, the Colville National Forest now includes the Tonasket Ranger District, which was previously part of the Okanogan National Forest.[3][4]


The forest encompasses a mountainous area consisting of the Kettle River and Selkirk mountain ranges, and the upper reaches of the Columbia River. Wildlife include grizzly and black bears, wolf packs, bighorn sheep, cougars, bald eagles, Canada lynx, moose, beavers, loons, and up until recently, the last remaining herd of caribou[5] in the lower 48 US states.

The forest has a total area of 1.5 million acres. A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the Forest was 212,488 acres (85,991 ha).[6] In descending order of forestland area it is located in parts of Ferry, Pend Oreille, Okanogan, Stevens counties. The forest headquarters is located in Colville, Washington. There are local ranger district offices located in Kettle Falls, Metaline Falls, Newport, Republic, and Tonasket.

Most of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness lies within the forest, while its southeastern portion extends into Kaniksu National Forest. With the inclusion of the Tonasket Ranger District, portions of the Pasayten Wilderness are within the forest.

Other protected areas[edit]

The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail passes through the Colville National Forest. It enters the forest on the east side within the Salmo-Priest Wilderness, crosses the Pend Oreille River at Boundary Dam, passes through Leadpoint and Northport, then traverses the Kettle Range and exits the Colville near Republic. The Sullivan Lake Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail in 1978, runs 4.3 miles (6.9 km) between two campgrounds in the forest.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Forest". U.S. Forest Service. January 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "The National Forests of the United States" (PDF). Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "Tonasket Ranger District". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  4. ^ "The Colville National Forest will Assume Administrative Duties for the Tonasket Ranger District". 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  5. ^ "Sole surviving member of the South Selkirk caribou herd captured, Gray Ghosts are no more in Lower 48". 2019-01-18. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  6. ^ Bolsinger, Charles L.; Waddell, Karen L. (1993), Area of old-growth forests in California, Oregon, and Washington (PDF), United States Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Resource Bulletin PNW-RB-197
  7. ^ "Sullivan Lake". American Trails. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2014-08-14.

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