Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region


Balsam root

Balsam root Photo credit: USFWS


Our campgrounds are open on a first come first serve basis and are no fee sites. Camping is allowed only in campgrounds at sites with metal fire rings from April 14 through Dec 31. When Refuge camps are full, you will find many camping areas on adjacent U.S. Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources lands.

Dispersed Hunt CampSites

Camping is allowed in designated dispersed no fee sites for hunters from October 1 through December 31. Each designated site is identified with a brown Carsonite post. See map available at kiosks for locations of both campgrounds (triangles) and designated dispersed sites (dots). No potable water is available on the Refuge.

Camping Limit

The Refuge is closed to all camping from January 1 - April 13.
April 14 through September 30 - 7 day camping limit
October 1 through Dec 31 - 14 day camping limit

Additional Regulations

All visitors must follow Industrial Fire Precaution Levels posted at the Headquarters kiosk.
In sites without pit toilets, bury all solid human waste in a hole 6-8 inches deep, at least 300' from water.

  • Use only downed trees for firewood.
  • Remove all garbage, horse manure, straw and hay.
  • Do not feed wild animals.
  • Do not leave food outside overnight.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.
  • Dogs must be leashed.
  • Camping with horses is allowed only in Horse Camp and Bear Creek Camp.
  • ATV/ORV use is prohibited on all Refuge lands

Nearby communities are Arden and Colville, Washington. Both are approximately 13 miles from Refuge Headquarters. Arden has a convenience store and gas station. Colville, a city of 5,000, has full shopping and services available. Contact the Colville Chamber of Commerce at 509/684-5973 for more information.

Last updated: January 30, 2013