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Little Pend Oreille
National Wildlife Refuge


1310 Bear Creek Rd
Colville, WA   99114 - 9713
E-mail: lpo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 509-684-8384
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/littlependoreille
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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The entire refuge is open to hiking unless posted as closed. Visitors in the spring may see black bear, chipmunks, moose, beaver, snipe, coyote pups, Columbian ground squirrel, tree frogs, and migratory songbirds, including bluebirds, thrushes, and warblers. Wild turkey, red-tailed hawk, osprey, swallows, hummingbirds, painted turtle, deer fawns, garter snakes, common nighthawk, and pileated woodpeckers are more commonly seen in the summer. In the fall, you can see ruffed grouse, golden-crowned kinglets, red crossbills, waterfowl, Northern flickers, common ravens, and red squirrel. The refuge's white-tail deer population triples during the winter, and visitors sometimes see bald and golden eagles, snowshoe hares, northern shrike, pygmy owls, black-capped chickadees, and long-tailed weasels, as well as tracks of couger and bobcat.

Refuge roads are gravel or dirt. Some require high clearance and/or four-wheel drive vehicles. Most refuge roads, including the wildlife viewing route, are closed to vehicle travel between January 1 and April 14. Some roads are closed seasonally for wildlife protection, habitat rehabilitation, road maintenance, or hazardous conditions. The Rookery Road portion of the viewing loop is open year-round to foot, ski, horseback, and bicycle travel. It is open to vehicles between July 15 and December 31.

Off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, are prohibited. Snowmobile use is only allowed on Olson Creek Road on the northeastern edge of the refuge. Bicycle riding and horseback riding are permitted on maintained roads and trails. Cross-country travel is prohibited. Camping with horses is allowed in Bear Creek Camp and Horse Camp. Use of pelletized food or weed-free hay is encouraged.


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