Rumor control – no Forest shut down ’til Sept 30

Trails and undeveloped areas remain open on the Colville National Forest. Rumors have been circulating that National Forest lands are completely shut down through Sept. 30 — that’s not true!

What is Open: Trails, dispersed camping, most roads, and firewood cutting is still open. Be aware that many areas may not be accessible due to wet, muddy, and snowy conditions.

What is Closed: Developed recreation sites, like pay-to-stay campgrounds, trailheads, ranger stations, and restrooms are closed while the governor’s stay-at-home order is in place. Closures are temporary, but are in effect until further notice.

To access trails or undeveloped forest areas, park in turnouts or along roadsides where it is safe to do so and do not block roads. Then walk to the trail or forest area you’d like to enjoy.

• We closed our developed recreation sites in alignment with the Governors’ Stay Home orders and will work with state and local authorities to align reopening with the lifting of state ‘stay home’ orders.

• Even though the official closure notice runs through Sept. 30, they can be rescinded early when conditions permit.

• Some developed recreation sites such as campgrounds and Snow Peak Cabin may take longer to reopen due to pre-season work that will need to be rescheduled as we continue to prioritize the safety and health of staff and communities.

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