Colville National Forest
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Panhandle Campground is set in a heavily forested area on the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington. This small campground offers sites with views of the river, plus a swimming area right along the campground.
$24 per night
$5 for day use
$45 season pass for day use areas managed by Scenic Canyons on Colville National Forest.
Reservations: To reserve sites go to recreation.gov. Reservations can be made 6 months prior to the first day of your camping stay.
Natural Features: The campground stretches along the east bank of the Pend Oreille River. A thick middlestory offers good privacy between campsites. The Pend Oreille River flows north for about 130 miles into Canada and merges with the Columbia River. The beautiful mountains and valleys were shaped by glaciers in the Ice Age.
The Colville National Forest encompasses 1.1 million acres in the northeast corner of Washington State. The forest's great salmon runs first attracted Native Americans to the area, then miners, homesteaders and fur trappers. Its variety of resources and natural beauty continues to attract visitors today.
Recreation: Canoeing and birding are popular activities. Small wetland areas lie on the south end of the campground, attracting an abundance of birds. Excellent fishing opportunities for bass and trout exist in the river as well.
Power boating and water skiing are possible on the wide, deep Pend Oreille River. Boating speeds are limited to 35 mph. A boat ramp is located on-site.
Facilities: Sites are suitable for tents and large RVs. Most sites are private and all are within a short walk of the river. Drinking water, vault toilets, garbage service and picnic tables are among the campground's amenities.
Nearby Attractions: Cruise the forest roads within a 30-mile radius and find an abundance of scenic overlooks and chances to see wildlife.
Open Dates: Opens one week before Memorial Day weekend (on Friday). Closes last Monday in September.
Directions: From Newport, WA, follow State Highway 20 north for 15 miles to the town of Usk. Cross the bridge over the Pend Oreille River on the east edge of town. Turn north onto LeClerc Road (County Road 9325) and follow it for 15 miles to the campground entrance. See map below.
See more campgrounds managed by Scenic Canyons in the Colville National Forest.
For more information, visit the Forest Service website.