DescriptionIn northeastern Washington, Colville National Forest covers about 1,100,000 acres. In the approximate center of the forest is Roosevelt Lake; Grand Coulee Dam is to the south. The Columbia River courses through this wilderness area. Gardner Cave, in the forest's eastern half, has stalagmite and stalactite formations that can be toured.
In the northeast corner of the forest, east of Metaline Falls, is the 43,000-acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area. No motorized vehicles are permitted, but FRs 22, 20 and 270 and Sullivan Creek Road, south of Metaline Falls off SR 31, all lead to trailheads where visitors can continue into the wilderness area on foot. These roads are closed due to weather conditions from mid-November to early or mid-June.
Brochures and maps outlining several of the forest's self-guiding automobile and hiking routes are available at ranger stations in Kettle Falls, Metaline Falls, Newport and Republic. For additional information contact the Forest Supervisor's office, 765 S. Main St., Colville, WA 99114; phone (509) 684-7000.