Little Pend Oreille Forest
The Little Pend Oreille forest and nearby state trust lands in Stevens and Pend Oreille counties are working forests managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide sustainable revenue in support of public services. Timber production, communication tower leases, and other activities help to fund specific beneficiaries, such as local services, prisons, universities, and the construction of public K-12 grade schools throughout Washington.
In addition to earning income, the undeveloped working lands in this area provide habitat for native plants and animals, water retention and quality benefits, and diverse recreation opportunities, which help to support local economies.
When working in or visiting managed lands in the Little Pend Oreille area, always remember to:
- Be alert for other road users, ranging from heavy vehicles to bicycles, and check your speed accordingly.
- Know the fire risk and of any burn bans or Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) restrictions before entering.
Those interested in learning about planned forest activities in, or near, the Little Pend Oreille area may use our Habitat Conservation Plan, recreation planning, Forest Practices Application Review System (FPARS), and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) web pages to find out about proposed and authorized timber harvests, thinning projects, road projects, planning efforts, and other activities.
Located in northeast Washington near Colville, the Little Oreille Forest block provides diverse recreational experiences, including camping, off-road-vehicle riding, fishing, mountain biking, and winter activities. Whether you're looking to fish and relax near Starvation Lake, or enjoy miles of forest off-road-vehicle riding from the Little Pend Oreille trail system, the Little Pend Oreille Forest block has something for the whole family. View a trail map of the Little Pend Oreille trail system.
- To access recreation sites on DNR-managed land with your vehicle, you'll need a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington's Great Outdoors.
- Campsites are available first come, first served.
- Limit stay to 10 days in a 30-day period.
- Dogs allowed on leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs controlled by voice command.
- Enjoy campfires in approved fire pits in designated campgrounds only. Check for burn bans.
- Practice leave no trace principles. Pack out what you pack in.
- Dispersed camping, or camping outside of a designated campground, is allowed.
You'll also find low-impact recreation opportunities at the nearby Dishman Hills Natural Resources Conservation Area. Use our statewide interactive recreation map to find recreation opportunities near you.
Little Pend Oreille Forest
Sherry Creek Campground is a mid-elevation campground in a mixed conifer forest. It's close to the Little Pend Oreille Lakes, Sherry Creek and near the 78-mile Little Pend Oreille Trail System, for ORV riders.
Recreation alert: As of November 21, Sherry Creek Campground is closed for the season. Will reopen April 22, weather dependent.
Directions: Start in Colville at the junction of SR-20 and US Highway 395. Go east on SR 20, 23.8 miles. Turn right on gravel road and go .4 mile to site. Get directions.
Flodelle Creek Campground sits among mature western larch trees and prime wildlife habitat. Flodelle Creek flows next to the campground and empties into the Little Pend Oreille River. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Recreation alert: Three campsites closed due to windstorm debris.
Directions: Begin near Colville at the junction of SR-20 and US Highway 395. Go east on SR-20, 19.4 miles. Turn right on a two-lane gravel road. Go .3 miles. Stay left and go .1 mile to site. Get directions.
Near the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge, Starvation Lake Campground provides access to a 26.6-acre forest lake. Because the lake is fairly shallow, it is often visited by ospreys, and also bald eagles. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Recreation alert: Starvation Lake Campground is closed as of Oct. 19 for the season and will reopen in spring 2017.
Directions: Start in Colville at the junction of SR-20 and US Highway 395. Go east on SR-20 for 10.5 miles. Turn right on gravel road and go .3 miles to the intersection. Turn left and go .5 miles to the site on the right. Get directions.
Located in the Little Pend Oreille area, Radar Dome offers 5.2 miles of single-track trail with climbing turns and switchbacks. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Directions: Colville at the junction of SR-20 and US Highway 395. Go east on SR-20. Turn left and go .1 mile to the trailhead. Get directions.
This small campground borders Rocky Lake, perfect for non-motorized boating, such as canoeing or lake kayaking. Fishing is catch-and-release only after June 1.
Recreation alert: Rocky Lake Campground closes for the season on Oct. 31. Will reopen in spring 2017.
Directions: Start in Colville at the junction of SR-20 and US Highway 395. Go east on SR-20 for 5.9 miles. Turn right on Artman-Gibson Road. Go 3.2 miles and turn right onto a one lane gravel road for .5 miles. Stay left and go 2 miles to site. Get directions.
The 120-acre Douglas Falls Grange Park is surrounded by mountains of rocky bluffs and conifer forests. Mill Creek runs through the campground with a 60-foot waterfall. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Directions: Start in Colville at the junction of SR-20 and US Highway 395. Go east on SR-20 for 1.1 miles to Aladdin Road. Go north on Aladdin for 2 miles to Douglas Falls Road. Go left on Douglas Falls Road for 3 miles and turn left to site. Get directions.
Sheep Creek Campground is surrounded by miles of forestland with a rich history of family outings. Visitors will also find a rolling creek.
Recreation alert: As of November 21, Sheep Creek Campground is closed for the season. Will reopen May 20, weather dependent.
Directions: Start in Northport. Go north on SR-25 for .7 miles. Cross the Columbia River. Turn left on Sheep Creek Road (gravel/dirt). Go 4.3 miles and turn right to site. Get directions.
Skookum Creek Campground is set in a wooded area along Skookum Creek, about 1.5 miles from where it empties into the Pend Oreille River. The campground is a local favorite near the Washington/Idaho border.
Directions: Start on SR-20 at Usk. Go east across river for .9 miles. Turn right on Le Clerc Road. Go 3.2 miles. Turn left on a one-lane gravel road. Go .1 mile. Turn left and go .3 miles to site. Get directions.
Dragoon Creek Campground boasts developed campsites with RV access. A small open field used for day use is adjacent to Dragoon Creek, which flows through the middle of the campground. Pets allowed on leash. Please dispose of pet waste appropriately. Visit our Flickr page for photos.
Recreation alert: As of Sept. 6, 2016, Dragoon Creek Campground will be closed for the season. Check back in the spring for an opening date.
Directions: Start in Spokane at the junction of US Highway 2 and US Highway 395. Go north on US Highway 395 for 10.2 miles. Turn left on Dragoon Creek Road. Go .4 miles to campground entrance. Get directions.